Another man arrested for Birmingham murders



London: Another man was arrested on Sunday in connection with the twin murder of Indian-origin man Avtar Singh Kolar and his English wife in Birmingham last week, bringing the number of people arrested in the sensational case to two.

The police said the 41-year-old man from Birmingham was arrested in the early hours of today. A 24-year-old man was arrested on Friday. Both are being questioned for the murder of the couple, one of whose sons is a police officer with the West Midlands Police.

Avtar Singh Kolar, 62, and Carole, 58, were found dead by their son in their house in the Handsworth Wood area of Birmingham on Wednesday last, prompting a major investigation codenamed Operation Tiler.

Forensic post mortem examinations have been conducted, which confirmed that both the deceased died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. Both had been struck a number of times.

There are reports that the couple's house may have been targeted by thieves looking for gold, whose rising prices in recent months has sparked off a spate of robberies in the area. Detective Superintendent Richard Baker, who is leading the murder investigation, said: "This was a horrendous attack.

We continue to follow a number of lines of enquiry and we thank those who have called us so far.

We encourage anyone with information to speak to us no matter how insignificant they feel the detail is."

The reward of 10,000 pounds put up by crime-fighting charity organisation Crimestoppers continues to be available to anyone providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for this crime.

PTI