Man plots his own death for insurance benefit to family

insuranceCHANDIGARH: A 55-year-old debt-ridden man in Sonipat had got himself murdered so that his family gets the life insurance money after his death. Satbir Singh, a resident of Gorad village, is believed to have paid just Rs 2,500 to Chand Singh, 22, who worked at his grocery shop, to carry out his execution by shooting him in the head.

This strange story was unraveled after cops picked up Chand. Officials of the special investigation team, headed by inspector Raj Singh along with Kharhkhoda Karam SHO Bir Singh, said Satbir apparently drugged Chand to convince him to kill him. Satbir also arranged for the country-made pistol for Chand.

Satbir’s body was found with a shattered left temple near a drain of the village on September 16. Chand told the police that Satbir first got him drunk then made him smoke some charas before asking him to pull the trigger. Officials said that besides being a grocer, Satbir also dabbled in money-lending and had run up a debt of Rs 60 lakh that he was finding increasingly difficult to pay back.Police officials are yet to get the insurance documents to ascertain the value. Of his four kids, two daughters are married and the two younger sons lived with him. His wife is believed to be illiterate. Satbir was also suffering from multiple diseases.

“According to Chand, Satbir was worried about his family. He was sure that they would not get any claim if he committed suicide. So, he used Chand to have himself killed,” said Raj Singh. Some of the boys of the village had even seen Chand and Satbir near the drain just before the killing.

“Chand tried to mislead us initially. When we produced his call details showing that he was constantly in touch with Satbir on the day of the murder, he gave us all the details,” said Raj Singh.

“The weapon has been recovered along with two live cartridges. We are contacting the family to get the value of Satbir’s life insurance,” he added.

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