A registered medical practitioner (RMP) cut off the hands of his wife and her suspected paramour with the help of his brothers-in-law in Patti town in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district, 50 km from Amritsar on Sunday night.
RMP Gursahib Singh who had married Kulbir Kaur six months ago, began to suspect the frequent visits to his house by his wife cousin Manpreet Singh, the Patti police said.
According to the police, Gursahib suspected his wife and her cousin were involved in a sexual relationship. So he began to keep tabs on them and recorded their telephonic conversations.
After concluding that the two were having an affair, the RMP took Kulbir’s brothers into confidence after providing them the ‘evidence’. The trio then chalked out a plan to teach the two a lesson.
According to the plan, they invited Manpreet for drinks at Gursahib’s house on Sunday night. Soon after the unsuspecting cousin joined them, the trio cut off his left hand with a big kitchen knife.
Leaving him lying in a pool of blood, they then turned their attention to Kulbir, whom they pinned down, cutting off her right hand.
They then rushed out with their dismembered hands and threw them into a nearby garbage dump. The two hapless victims were taken to different hospitals by neighbours, who came to the house after hearing them scream in pain.
Tarn Taran Senior Superintendent of Police S.S. Parmar said,
“The police have arrested the accused trio. Initial investigations have revealed that all accused suspected illicit relations between the victims. All the accused were under the influence of liquor when they committed the crime.”
The police recovered the severed hands and the knife after the arrests, 12 hours after the crime. But by then it was too late for surgeons to restore the hands to the victims. Doctors said that they would have been able to stitch the hands back, if they had been recovered within six hours.