Jaspal Singh (34), a resident of Sunnarwal village near Kala Sanghian in the district, allegedly murdered his wife Rajwinder Kaur (28) and son Tejveer Singh (4) with sharp-edged weapons late on Thursday night. He surrendered at the Sadar police station here on Friday morning.
Jaspal, an alcoholic, had been working in Manila (Philippines) for the past 10-12 years and had married a girl there, despite being already married to Rajwinder.
He had been in India for the past year to build his house in the village and wanted to go back to the Philippines, but Rajwinder was not permitting him to settle there with his second wife. Jaspal used to beat Rajwinder as she refused to give him divorce, the police said.
Rajwinder had repeatedly complained to her father Harjap Singh against her husband. Harjap had lodged a complaint with the Kala Sanghian police post, following which Jaspal had promised not to beat her.
“Jaspal did not keep his word. My daughter called me up on Thursday evening, saying that her husband was again beating her,” Harjap said.
On Harjap’s complaint, the police registered an FIR against Jaspal, his father Gurbaksh Singh, mother Joginder Kaur, brother Harnek Singh, sister-in-law Malwinder Kaur and a relative, Sukhjit Singh.
“Incited by his family members, Jaspal murdered my daughter and grandson as he did not want to live with them,” Harjap said.
After surrendering, Jaspal admitted that he had killed his wife and son in a fit of rage after a fight over the divorce issue, adding that he was in a drunken state at that time.
Jagjit Singh Saroya, deputy superintendent of police (detective), said the victim’s relatives informed the police about the double murder.
“The police have arrested Jaspal. The other accused will be arrested soon,” he said.
A case has been registered under sections 302 (murder) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code at Sadar police station.