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US Sikh woman held for killing mother-in-law

PTI  Washington, October 28, 2012
First Published: 11:02 IST(28/10/2012) | Last Updated: 18:24 IST(28/10/2012)

A pregnant Sikh woman in a Northern California city has been arrested on the charge of killing her mother-in-law. Baljit Kaur, 68, was found dead at her residence in Yuba City on October 24. According to preliminary autopsy results, she died of "blunt force trauma" to the head, the police said.


"The police on Friday arrested Baljit's daughter-in-law Baljinder Kaur, 37, on the charge of killing her," the Sutter county sheriff's office said in a statement, adding that there was no other suspect in this gruesome murder case.

The bizarre incident sent shock waves in Yuba City, that has the highest concentration of Sikhs in the US.

"After an intense investigation by the sheriff's detectives, significant evidence has been recovered and statements obtained, resulting in an arrest," the statement said.

Baljinder, now behind bars, is six-months pregnant. She told the police that she was due to deliver in January. She is scheduled for arraignment on October 30 in the Sutter county superior court.

Meanwhile, the North American Punjabi Association (NAPA), in a statement, termed it an unfortunate incident and said these kinds of happenings were a blot on the glorious history of the community.

Sutter county sheriff J Paul Parker declined to comment on the murder weapon or say why investigators believe Baljinder killed her husband's mother.

According to the police, Baljinder has no known criminal history. She and her husband have a five-year-old daughter.

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