The police have registered a case of murder in the death of six-month-old Australian-born baby Jessika Kaur Sandhu.
Jessika died in India on October 27, when her parents were visiting their native place in Dalanpur village. The Sadar police station, in presence of duty magistrate, exhumed the body of the six-month-old baby girl for post-mortem which was conducted by a board of doctors at Rajindra Medical College. The police recorded the exhumation and post-mortem proceedings on video.
Sub-inspector Jagdish Kumar said Jessika had come to India with her parents and grandparents in early October. However, she died under mysterious circumstances on October 27.
Darshan Singh, maternal grandparent of the deceased, lodged a complaint with the police on November 20 stating she was murdered by father Sukhpreet Singh, parental grandfather Major Singh, grandmother Jaswinder Kaur and two other relatives. He said his son-in-law Sukhpreet, who had returned to Australia on November 11, had confessed the same to some relatives.
The investigation officer said a case under Sections 302 (punishment for murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information) of the Indian Penal Code had been registered against the accused at Sadar police station and cops would take further action after the post-mortem report. No arrests had been made as all the accused were in Australia, he added.