In what the police suspect to be a case of honour killing, the father of a newly-married 22-year-old woman shot dead the couple near the border village of Chhidden on Monday afternoon.
The police claim that eight people, most of them relatives of the girl, are involved in the ghastly murder and have booked all eight, six of whom have been identified. All the accused are absconding, the police said.
The deceased have been identified as Gurjant Singh (24) and wife Manjit Kaur (22). The assailants shot them in the head, killing them on the spot, the police claim.
SSP Amritsar (rural) Jasdeep Singh, who inspected the spot, said, “Gurjant and Manjit had been married in January 2014. Gurjant was a native of Chhidden village, while Manjit was from Lahori Mal village. Investigations show that the couple was on a motorcycle, when the father of the woman, along with the others, overtook them on a Bolero and fired indiscriminately.”
The SSP claimed that the marriage took place without the consent of family of the woman and this was probably the motive behind the double murder.
The SSP added, “The accused have been identified as the father of the woman, Balwinder Singh, along with his three brothers Karaj Singh, Baldev Singh and Lakhwinder. They have been booked. Gurtej Singh (brother of the girl) and Gurbhej Singh (cousin) have also been booked.”
A case has been registered against the father of the woman Balwinder Singh —his three brothers Karaj Singh, Baldev Singh and Lakhwinder — besides Gurtej Singh (brother of the girl) and Gurbhej Singh (cousin of the girl) and two unidentified people under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC and under Sections of the Arms Act.