Slain Indian nat’l, driver received threats - police-A A +A
Friday, January 17, 2014
THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) believes that the Indian national and his driver who were shot to death by unidentified assailants in Barangay Mandalagan on Wednesday received death threats.
Money lender Kulwinder Singh, 31, and Alden Teves, 30, also believed to be Singh’s body guard, were collecting payment from a roadside store when two men onboard a motorcycle shot them.
Senior Superintendent Edgardo Ordaniel, acting city police director, said on Thursday they found a .45 Springfield pistol from Teves.
Ordaniel said that before the incident, Teves told his family that he needed more bullets for his firearm.
“It only showed that he had something to prepare for, and maybe they already received threats,” he said.
Ordaniel said that Teves’s firearm was turned over by the embalmer of Rolling Hills Memorial Chapel.
“After the incident, personnel of Police Stations 3 and 4 failed to recover the firearm from the crime scene because the victim hid it in the front part of his body,” he said.
Based on the records of the BCPO Firearms, Explosives, Security Agency and Guards Sections (Fesags), the firearm was registered in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur. The firearm will be turned over to the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory.
Ordaniel said he also deployed investigators to Escalante City, Negros Occidental to conduct further investigation after they found out that Teves was involved in a shooting incident there.
He added that they are also considering a business-related angle because based on records of Police Station 4, Singh has a debt with another Indian national while Teves also engaged in dealing of cars.
Ordaniel said they could not determine yet if the assailants are gun-for-hires.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 17, 2014.