Sanjay Salhotra, 26 stabbed Harinder Rattan, 41 and father-of-three multiple times on Jan 4th in Southall Clarence St

26-year-old Indian-origin man kills father-of-three in Southall in a revenge attack

India News Bulletin Desk

An Indian origin man, Sanjay Salhotra, is convicted of the murder of a father-of-three in Southall in a revenge account. Salhotra, only 26, stabbed Harinder Rattan, aged 41 multiple times near his home in Clarence Street, Southall earlier this year (on Sunday, 4 January).

Sanjay Salhotra, 26 [pictured] convicted of killing 41-year-old Rattan in Southall
Sanjay Salhotra, 26 [pictured] convicted of killing 41-year-old Rattan in Southall

The Old Bailey convicted Salhotra of murder on Friday, July 31st, according to London Metropolitan Police. The court heard that the origins of the murder originated from an incident which took place on 20 December 2014 when Rattan was sat in his car when the door was opened by a man (Salhotra) in a hooded top who struck him in the face and demanded he get out. Rattan retaliated by hitting him over the head with a crowbar until he ran off. 15 days later, Salhotra attacked Rattan at 9.30pm at a local shop.

Rattan was left lying in the road with Salhotra initially hiding in a nearby alleyway and then going to the home of a friend, who let him in after he lied and said that he was chased by some youths.

Friend Bhachu and Salhotra then drove to Staines where they set fire to Salhotra's clothing. Bhachu changed out of the clothing he was wearing and when detectives found those items, it was clear that they had been washed.

Police also found a knife in the alleyway which had been cleaned and a pair of latex gloves with the DNA of Harinder Rattan on them.

Salhotra was arrested on Monday, 5 January. Bhachu was arrested the following day.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Ashwin, said: "Harinder Rattan was subjected to a brutal attack for nothing other than for Sanjay Salhotra to save face. Bhachu assisted in the disposing of evidence".

"I am pleased that the jury has found the two men guilty today, and they now face considerable prison sentences. I hope that this brings some sense of justice to Harinder Rattan's family."

Sanjay's brother, Shamaun Salhotra, 29, also of Clarence Street was found not guilty of perverting the course of justice. Bhachu was found not guilty of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent.

Indejit Bhachu and Sanjay Salhotra will be sentenced on Thursday 6 August.

The police confirmed that another 20-year-old man who was arrested on Monday, 5 January in connection with the investigation has now been released without charge.

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