Maninder Singh, who was being hunted by Chandigarh Police for killing a nurse at a hotel around New Year’s Eve, confessed to his crime on live television here on Tuesday.
A murder convict currently out on bail, he also confessed to the previous crime committed in Karnal in 2010, even as he had earlier filed a review petition in the high court.
As soon as they got the information, cops rushed to the office of the Punjabi news channel in the Industrial Area, Phase 2, and arrested the 31-year-old while the programme was still being telecast from the TV studio.
Sarabjit Kaur, 27, was found lying on the bed with her throat slit, in room number 301 at Hotel Sky, also in the Industrial Area, Phase 2, on the afternoon of January 1.
“I killed her because she was having an affair with her sister-in-law’s brother,” said Maninder, during his interview in the TV studio.
Maninder said the man in question had sent her a message on her mobile phone, stating that he was leaving for Kuwait and
she should meet him before his departure.
“I saw the messages on Sarabjit’s phone and asked her about him. She said they were supposed to get married, but later her family decided that they would first marry Sarabjit’s elder brother. After this, I choked her and then killed her with a knife,” said Maninder.
Haryana Police had arrested Maninder for killing a woman, with whom he had a relationship, in Karnal back in 2010. He was later convicted, following which he had challenged the order in the Punjab and Haryana high court. He was presently out on bail.
Confessing to that crime as well, Maninder said: “I killed Renu during a fight at Karna Lake in Karnal, where she had gone for her training. She was also having an affair with a man from Uttar Pradesh.”
17mins 21 seconds is the full confession on the video below:
- 6pm: Maninder Singh reached the news channel office, walks towards a cameraman shooting a live video, confesses and seeks his help
- 6:15pm: He is taken to the studio for an interview by the local crime team. During the course of 23-minute interview, Maninder confesses to having murdered Sarabjit as well as another woman in 2010
- 7pm: Police reach the spot, after being informed by the news channel management. The SHO keeps waiting outside the studio for 10 minutes, before barging in and arresting Maninder on live TV