Police face difficulty in solving Indian’s slay

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Saturday, January 18, 2014


THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is facing difficulty in determining the motive and the identities of the assailants who killed Indian money lender Kulwinder Singh and his companion Alden Teves at Purok Active, Barangay Mandalagan Wednesday.

Superintendent Jefferson Descallar, deputy for operation of BCPO, said Friday that the 31-year-old Singh alias “Romy” had no family in the country, and even the Indian community has refused to cooperate in their investigation.

“They refuse to give information maybe because they are afraid of the filling of case,” Descallar said.

Singh and Teves, 30, were killed by two unidentified gunmen while they were collecting payment from a roadside store.

Teves died immediately while the Indian national passed away at the Our Lady of Mercy Hospital.

Descallar said that Singh’s remains were already cremated and will soon be brought to India.

Senior Superintendent Edgardo Ordaniel, acting city police director of BCPO, had earlier said a firearm was recovered from Teves, and he believes the victims had received death threats because Teves had been trying to secure more bullets for his firearm before he was killed.

The police are looking into the possibility that they were killed because of their business engagements.

Singh had a debt with his fellow Indian national while Teves had engaged in car dealing trade.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in Bacolod is verifying pertinent records of the slain Indian national.

Mita Chuvy Arguelles of the BI said their records show that a person named Kulwinder Singh has 536 arrival records and 467 departures.
They could not determine the exact records of Singh, she said, because Indian nationals have common names.

Records further showed there are four permanent residents in the province with the name Kulwinder Singh.

Arguelles explained that to come up with a correct identification, they have gathered the finger prints and other vital information of the slain Indian which they will submit to the Indian Embassy.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 18, 2014.

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