SSP Akhilesh Kumar Jha inspects the murder spot near Marine Drive on Monday night. Picture by Bhola Prasad
A businessmanís son was arrested on Tuesday evening for the murder of a 40-year-old man, who was shot dead late on Monday night at a deserted road behind Jubilee Park.
Puneet Ahuja (22), businessman Anil Ahujaís son and a resident of Kagalnagar in Sonari, was arrested for the murder of Sarabjit Singh, an unmarried man.
Bistupur police had recovered Sarabjitís body lying in a pool of blood on Monday night on the road behind the park at its Marine Drive end after being informed by passers-by who had heard a gunshot and scream around 10.30pm.
A single shot had cleanly gone into Sarabjitís right temple and an empty cartridge was found nearby. Sarabjitís two-wheeler was lying some distance away.
It is not yet known if the pistol was fired from close range, but the police ascertain that it may have been a .32 pistol.
Though the police are not saying much, speculation is rife that Puneet had hired a professional killer.
Though also not willing to come on record as of now, the police suspect an illicit relationship between Sarabjit and someone very close to Puneet, who opposed the relationship.
Otherwise, there is nothing to connect Sarabjit to Puneet. Sarabjit, known as a quiet man, lived in New Kashidih and was employed at brother-in-law Gurmeet Singhís second-hand car selling business close to his home.
Sarabjit was last seen in New Kashidih at 6pm.
ďIt is for certain that the deceased (who was driving his two-wheeler) had been followed by the assailant. The place where the murder took place is really deserted and poorly lit. Our preliminary investigations suggest that Sarabjit may have taken a woman there. An affair is the likely motive behind the killing,Ē said a senior police officer.
However, when asked, the deceasedís family members vehemently denied the police speculation of an affair.
ďSarabjit was not the kind of person to have an illicit relation with anyone,Ē a relative told The Telegraph.
Senior superintendent of police Akhilesh Kumar Jha said the murky case would become clearer once the victimís cellphone details were known.