A Kurukshetra man allegedly shot dead his two nephews and a niece on Sunday and dumped their bodies in Panchkula’s Morni forest on the behest of their father, police said on Tuesday.
Sameer, 11; Simran, 8; and Samar belonged to Sarsa village in Pehowa block of Kurukshetra district.
Both Jagdeep Malik, 26, and his cousin and the kids’ father, Sonu Malik, have been arrested for murder.
Kurukshetra superintendent of police Abhishek Garg said Jagdeep has confessed to the crime and named Sonu as well.
The children’s mother and grandmother are still not aware of the murder.
When the kids left their home to play around 10:30am on Sunday, Jagdeep followed them in his car, said Pehowa station house officer (SHO) Prateek Kumar.
He lured them into accompanying him to Gita Jayanti Mahotsav in Kurukshetra, but instead drove all the way to Morni, 110 kilometre from their village.
“He stopped his Maruti Swift at a deserted point and asked the eldest child, Sameer, to step out,” said Kumar, recalling Jagdeep’s confession. “Then he increased the volume of music system so that the other two children could not hear the gunshot.”
Jagdeep then took Sameer around 50 feet inside the jungle area, saying that he will buy him something to eat, but instead shot him with a countrymade pistol from the rear, said the SHO.
Then he returned and asked Simran to accompany him, and shot her too in the head after taking her around 20 feet inside the forest area.
Following this, Jagdeep allegedly drove for another 2.5 kilometres before shooting and dumping Samar in the jungle area as well.
Police are yet to recover the murder weapon.