Three murders in a day belie cops’ claim of drop in crime

A day after the district police claimed that crime rate had nosedived under the stewardship of senior superintendent of police (SSP) Vivek Sharma, three murders, including that of a 22-year-old girl, rocked the district.

A girl identified as Ritu Kumari, a resident of Garnawati village here, was shot in the stomach allegedly by her paramour in broad daylight on the outskirts of the village. Her wedding was scheduled for July 13.

The suspect identified as Amit Kumar, 25, a resident of Sora Koti Mohalla, also tried to allegedly commit suicide by jumping into a canal after shooting self at Baland village.

Police have booked Amit under sections 302 (murder), 309 (attempt to suicide) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Sources said Ritu and Amit used to study together at Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) and had completed their post-graduation together.

Amit's sister Saroj was married at Garnawati village, which was also the native village of Ritu. Both wanted to get married, but their parents did not approve of their marriage as Amit’s sister was married in the village, which, according to the local traditions, was a taboo.

On Thursday morning, Ritu left her house to fetch water from a well located on the outskirts of the village. Amit, who had called the victim over phone, was already present at the spot and allegedly shot her dead by using a country-made pistol. Later, he fled from the spot on his scooty bearing registration number (HR-12T6957) and shot himself in the chest before jumping into a canal near Baland village.

Many youths, who were bathing in the canal, saw him committing suicide and took him to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), where doctors stated his condition to be critical.

Meanwhile, in another incident, a 22-year-old shepherd was killed by unidentified persons on Wednesday night at Karontha village of the district.

As per details, the deceased identified as Manjit Kumar had taken his sheep and goats for grazing in the agriculture fields on Wednesday morning. As he did not return till late in the evening when some of his sheep and goats did, his parents started looking for him but found his body lying in a pool of blood on Thursday morning.

Police have registered a case under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC against unidentified persons.
In the third incident, a 22-year-old man’s body was found on the Beri road near Sampla town of the district. Police said the body had been kept in the morgue for identification.

On Wednesday, SSP Vivek Sharma had said: “This year, first six months’ figures prove that the decline in the crime rate has been substantial as murders had come down by 18%, robbery and dacoity by 29%.”

Crime from January till June
Murders: 31
Attempt to murder cases: 31
Loot and dacoity cases: 17
Grievous hurt cases: 69
Road accidents: 209


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