A local court has given life imprisonment extending till death to two persons and life imprisonment to four others in an insurance scam in which three unknown persons were killed to fake the deaths of conspirators.The incident occurred on January 22, 2014, when bodies of three persons charred to death were recovered from a car near Pingalwara.Later Jasbir Kaur, a resident of Maqboolpura, had identified one of the bodies as that of her husband Surinder Singh. Another body was identified as that of Sahib Singh of Bhullar village near Ajnala. The third person was never identified.Initially, the police had considered the case as an accident and death certificates of Surinder Singh and Sahib Singh were issued.Later, Sahib Singh’s wife approached the Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO) alleging a conspiracy as she was not aware of the scam. “Our investigations revealed that Surinder Singh and Sahib Singh had faked their deaths and instead, killed three unidentified persons. We presented the facts before the police and an investigation was initiated,” said Sarabjit Singh Verka of PHRO.While the police investigation established that Surinder Singh and Sahib Singh were still alive and even managed to arrest Sahib Singh, it failed to reveal the identity of the three victims.The investigation revealed that Surinder Singh had got himself insured for Rs 2 crore while Sahib Singh was insured for Rs 1 crore. Surinder Singh had even got the car used in the crime insured for up to Rs 10 lakh.Public Prosecutor Amritpal Singh Kehra said Surinder Singh and his two sons living in Australia— Sukhwant Singh and Mukhtiar Singh— have been declared proclaimed offenders in the case. Efforts were being made to extradite Sukhwant and Mukhtiar from Australia.
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