The murder of Ravinder Singh, the 25-year-old Sikh youth killed by unknown assailants in Pakistan’s Peshawar, has turned out to be a job of hitmen hired by his fiancee.
Ravinder Singh was based out of Malaysia and had come to Pakistan for his marriage with a girl named Prem Kumari. He was soon murdered in Mardan city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan. His body was later dumped in Pakistan’s Peshawar.
“It was a contract killing paid for by Ravinder Singh’s fiancee Prem Kumari who did not want to marry him,” police said.
“She promised the hitmen a sum of Rs 7 lakh for Ravinder’s murder. Part of the committed amount was paid in advance, while the remaining was to be paid after the murder,” the police said in Peshawar.
Ravinder Singh belonged to Shangla district in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and was travelling to Peshawar for his wedding shopping.
However, the hitmen killed him in Mardan and dumped his body at a deserted place.
The police also revealed that the hitmen also called the family from Ravinder’s phone to demand ransom aimed at diverting any investigation into the contract killing.
“All this was done to divert any investigations into the murder,” the police said.
The issue of the killing became a vocal point for criticism against Pakistan’s treatment of Sikh minorities, accusing it of being responsible for what they called “targeted killing”.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesperson Aisha Farooqui slammed India’s attempts to malign Pakistan by linking the killing of Ravinder Singh to alleged persecution of religious minorities.
“Indian attempts to politicise the tragic killing of the Pakistani Sikh youth are mischievous and reprehensible. As this crime was reported, a case was registered immediately and a high-powered committee was constituted to investigate the matter. The law will take its course and those responsible will be brought to justice,” Aisha Farooqui said.