Murder convict who robbed passengers by offering rides arrested

The Haryana Police Monday arrested a Jalandhar resident on charges of offering lifts to people and then robbing on the way. The accused, Joginder Singh, had previously murdered a Switzerland-based NRI Inderjit Singh and dumped his body in Karnal in 2004. He was arrested by the police on charges of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2007, but managed to escape from police custody in November 2008.

While out of jail, he started offering lifts to people and robbing them off their belongings. He was arrested Monday on charges of robbing an elderly couple in November 2012 at Indri road turn in Karnal.

The Karnal Police's Crime Branch was entrusted with the task of investigating the robbery case in which an elderly couple was offered a lift on November 20 and allegedly robbed off their belongings and cash by Joginder.

"He used to offer lift to people waiting at bus stations on the highway or pick people up from the airport. With a similar modus operandi, Joginder had offered a lift to Switzerland-based NRI Inderjit Singh in 2004 at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. He had to drop Inderjit Singh to Jalandhar, but when they reached Karnal, he intoxicated Inderjit by making him drink alcohol. He killed Inderjit and dumped his body in a village near Butana and decamped with Inderjit's luggage and other belongings," one of the investigating officials of the crime branch told The Indian Express.

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