Youth arrested for Kalka temple caretaker’s murder

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Panchkula: A 20-year old youth has been arrested for allegedly murdering the caretaker of the Hanuman temple located on the Kalka-Parwanoo border on the intervening night of January 6 and 7.

The suspect has been identified as Junaid Alam, a native of Lakhimpur district in Uttar Pradesh, who has been living in Kalka for the past four months. He was produced before a court today, which remanded him in five-day police custody.

Kamaldeep Goyal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), said Junaid was nabbed after he was seen in the CCTV footage of the temple as well as at the residence of the victim, Sham Babu. He said seeing the condition of the victim’s body, which was found in the kitchen, it was clear that he had been murdered by hitting him on the head with a brick.

The suspect had later thrown the brick in a bucket of water. Goyal said from the CCTV footage, it came to light that Junaid had also visited the temple and the residence of the victim during the daytime on the day of the incident. He said Junaid, who was arrested by the police from the Kalka railway station, had confessed to killing Sham Babu.

During preliminary investigation, Junaid revealed that he was working in a gas stove manufacturing company at Parwanoo as a labourer and came in contact with Sham Babu around 10 days ago before the incident. He had introduced himself as Shivam, hiding his name as well as religion.

Goyal said the suspect was yet to reveal the reason behind murdering Sham Babu. He said Junaid had a scuffle with the caretaker before the incident. In a bid to divert the attention of the police, he had put pieces of broken glass bangles near the body of the victim. He said a case had been registered at the Kalka police station.

UP native gets 5-day police remand

The suspect has been identified as Junaid Alam, a native of Lakhimpur district in Uttar Pradesh, who has been living in Kalka for the past four months. He was produced before a court on Thursday, which remanded him in five-day police custody.