The presence of Daljit Singh, the younger son of the Tarn Taran-based couple, who were killed along with their elder son and daughter-in-law on Saturday night at their house in village Koharka in Tarn Taran district, at the time of the murder made the police suspect his involvement in the case.
Daljit suspected his father of having an illicit relationship with his sister-in-law, who was eightmonths pregnant, besides assuming that his brother was having an eye on his (Daljit’s) wife.
Three of the deceased Balwinder Singh, his son Dilbagh Singh and the latter’s wife Ranjit Kaur, were shot dead in one room as they were having dinner together at that time. The fourth deceased Charanjit Kaur, the wife of Balwinder Singh, was shot dead in the kitchen where she was working at the time of the incident.
The Tarn Taran police claimed to have solved the case within 12 hours and said they have also recovered the revolver used in the murder.
Tarn Taran SSP Rajjit Singh Hundal said the police had initially received information that unidentified assailants had killed four members of a family in Koharka village. “A case in this regard was registered against unidentified assailants under sections 302, 314, 148, 149 of IPC and sections 25, 27, 54, 59 of the Arms Act on the complaint of Daljit Singh, the younger son of Balwinder Singh,” he said.
He added that a police team, led by Harvinder Singh SP (D), Tarn Taran, and Ranbir Singh, SP (headquarters), visited the spot.
“During investigations, the needle of suspicion pointed at Daljit Singh as he had said that he was at home when ‘unidentified assailants’ entered the portion of their house,” the SSP said.