A day after a woman was set ablaze by her NRI uncle in Mokha village near here, Maqsudan police on Sunday booked eight persons for attempt to murder in connection with the case, even as the victim's condition was stated to be critical by doctors at the civil hospital here.
However, no arrest has been made so far. The case was registered on the basis of the statement of the victim, Davinder Kaur, which was recorded by judicial magistrate (first class) Harpreet Singh on Saturday evening. Police have now booked Davinder's NRI uncle Balbir Singh, Surinder Singh, Harpreet Kaur, Ajit Singh and four others under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
Maqsudan police station house officer (SHO) Pyara Singh said that they had raided many places, but the accused were yet to be arrested. “But, we will arrest the accused soon,” he said.
On the other hand, the condition of Davinder Kaur was still serious. Doctors attending to her said that the next 24 hours would be crucial for her.
Davinder Kaur, 40, sustained 50% burns on Saturday morning, allegedly after her uncle poured petrol on her over a land dispute. Kaur's husband Kuldeep Singh alleged that they had a dispute involving 24 acres with his uncle over the past few years and a court had granted stay in the case.
Kuldeep alleged that on Saturday, his wife got information that Balbir Singh had reached at the disputed tract of agricultural land with a tractor and had started ploughing the field.
He alleged that Davinder, in a fit of rage, rushed to the field with a bottle of petrol which she took from a scooter with an intention to burn the tractor, but when she reached the spot, the accused poured the petrol on her and set her ablaze.