Four days after the death of 21-year-old Upinder Kaur, who was allegedly burnt alive by her in-laws, her family members have decided to go on a hunger strike following the police failure to arrest another three accused, including SAD sarpanch Amrik Singh, from Deelwal village in Patiala district.
Upinder Kaur succumbed to her injuries at the PGI, Chandigarh, three week after her in-laws allegedly set her ablaze for not fulfilling their dowry demand on March 4.
Though the police have arrested her husband Gurwinder Singh on March 27 following a protest by deceased family members, the police had given an assurance to arrest the remaining accused till March 30.
Following the failure on the part of police to arrest the accused, the family of the deceased has decided to observe a hunger strike. They will hold the 'bhog' ceremony of the victim while protesting on roads of Patiala city.
Father of the girl Jasbir Singh said that the remaining accused,including sarpanch Amrik, had been roaming freely but had not been arrested by the police till date.
"Whenever we approach the police to get update about the arrest, we get an answer that they have been conducting investigation into the case. This has been happening since the registration of the attempt to murder case against accused since March 7", Jasbir alleged.
Upinder got married to Amrik's son Gurwinder Singh, about 14 months ago and had three-month-old child.
Amrik, who was a Congress man, joined SAD in presence of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal during a party rally at Ghanaur on March 20, where SAD candidate from Patiala Deepinder Singh Dhillon was also present.
On the statement of the victim, the police have now registered a case under sections including 304b (dowry death, where the death of a woman is caused by any burns or bodily injury), 498-A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) sections of IPC act against her husband Gurwinder, father Amrik, mother-in-law and brother-in-law.
Upinder's father alleged that the accused had been harassing her daughter mentally after her marriage.
"We had spent a big amount on her marriage and gave a luxurious car to fulfil the wish of her in-laws. Even then , the accused demanded money and expensive gifts at the time our daughter gave birth to a baby boy", he alleged.
SHO sadar police station Charanjiv Lamba, who is investigating the case, maintained that the police had been conducting investigations and working on various theories.
"It will not be possible to give any comment at this stage as the investigation is still going on", he said.