Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Punjab - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lud­hi­ana@hin­dus­tan­

LUD­HI­ANA: The lure of money, all ₹15 lakh of it, and a bliss­ful, happy life af­ter his wed­ding that is sched­uled on Oc­to­ber 14 (Sun­day) blinded Gur­winder, 25, a di­ploma in com­puter hard­ware, to the per­ils of crime.

He has now ended up com­mit­ting a crime as se­ri­ous as a con­tract killing and has been nabbed.

Even af­ter the mur­der, he had met his fi­ancé and told her that their good days were ahead as he was to get a lot of money.

His con­fi­dence stemmed from the fact that he had no di­rect link or re­la­tion­ship to the vic­tim. He had been promised ₹5 lakh on the day of the mur­der and the rest of ₹10 lakh over a year.

His part­ner was not aware of his crime. It all started with a chance meet­ing at a so­cial gath­er­ing with in­dus­tri­al­ist Bal­winder, about six months ago.

Gur­winder hap­pened to men­tion that his mar­riage was be­ing sched­uled and he did not even have enough money to feed lunch to guests.

This got Bal­winder in­ter­ested, who of­fered ₹15 lakh to Gur­winder, if he could do a spe­cial task for him.

“Fi­nally, around four months ago, Bal­winder called up Gur­winder and as­signed him the task of killing Man­deep. He also gave him ₹20,000 to him for ar­rang­ing a weapon,” the com­mis­sioner added.

“Gur­winder spent the money on his own needs, in­stead of buy­ing a weapon. Bal­winder also took him along to Ferozepur, where they pro­cured six .32 bore bul­lets. He was also given train­ing in han­dling the re­volver here,” he added.

Gur­winder started fol­low­ing his vic­tim around two months ago.

he master­mind, Bal­winder, had hired an­other man, Aman, to keep a watch on Gur­winder and re­port to him as he had been de­lay­ing the fi­nal pulling of the trig­ger.

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