Three arrested in link with ONGC officer’s murder
Dehradun police have arrested three persons on the charge of murdering a retired ONGC engineer Mohan Singh Payal who had been missing since July 24 morning from his home. Police had recovered Payal’s car in a burnt state from Doiwala (Kundiyal village in the forest area). Police said that property disputes led to the death of the retired ONGC engineer. The accused have been identified as Raipur (Bohpal Pani) residents Jogendra, his wife Satyawati and his son Mahesh.
SSP Sadanand Date said that earlier, Himanshu Payal, son of the missing person, had registered a complaint at Nehru Colony police station on Monday, stating that his father who had gone out of the house in a car at 10.30 am on Sunday had not returned home. Acting on the complaint a case under section 364 of IPC was registered against unidentified persons in Nehru Colony Police Station. Team from Nehru Colony, SOG and Doiwala was formed to search for the missing person.
Investigation revealed that Mohan Singh was having property dispute with his neighbour Jogendra. Acting on a tip- off, police arrested Jogendra and his wife Satyawati from Bhaniyawala crossing, Doiwala. Both were interrogated during which they are learnt to have admitted the crime. They are said to have confessed that they had murdered Mohan Singh by attacking him with rods. Based on their information, police recovered Mohan Singh’s car in burnt state and his body from Bhogpur area near Jolly Grant Airport.
Jogendra informed the police that Mohan Singh had purchased a piece of land from his two brothers. However, Jogendra had not received money from the land sold. According to Jogendra, Mohan Singh had refused to give him money for a path (land) adjacent to his house Singh was using. Mohan Singh had told Jogendra that he would not give him anything as he had given money for the land, including the path, to his brothers.
On July 24 noon, Mohan Singh had heated arguments with Jogendra over the same issue. Later, as Jogendra’s wife came out in his support he in a fit of rage had hit Mohan Singh with rod on his head. He died on the spot.