The police on Friday booked mother of two siblings of Bathinda’s Kotfatta village who were killed in a bid to “rid of evil spirits”. Meanwhile, a local court has sent grandmother and father of the children to a day’s police remand.
The victims — Ranjodh Singh, 5, and his sister Anamika, 3 — were being tortured for five days since last Saturday when a religious ceremony was started by their grandmother, Nirmal Kaur, who is a self-declared “tantric” or exorcism expert, in the house. She believed that “evil spirits” in the children were responsible for the mental ailment of her sister Prem Lata and her daughter Amadeep Kaur not having a child. The siblings were found dead in their house on Wednesday evening.
The police booked Nirmal Kaur and their father Kulwinder Singh under Sections 302 (murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian penal Code. Mother of the children, Rozy Kaur, was also booed for murder on Friday, the police said. Superintendent of police Gurmeet Singh her role in the murder was being investigated.