The acid-attack-on-bride case has been solved. The divorced wife of the groom's brother is the evil conspirator and her paramour among executors, police have said after arresting all six new accused on Monday.
Amitpal Kaur (30) of Patiala, who also goes by the names of Dimpy and Pari, allegedly did it to satisfy her grudge against the groom's family since divorce. Her beau, Parvinder Singh (also known as Vicky and Pawan) of Bakshiwala near Patiala, and four others allegedly carried out the acid attack on Harpreet Kaur in a local beauty salon on Saturday, in which three more women, including another bride, were injured.
Focus off colleagues
Sunpreet Singh "Sunny" of Bakshiwala; Jaspreet Singh "Mattu" of Ranged village near Amloh; Gurtej Singh "Brar" of Patiala; and Rakesh Kumar "Premi" of Amloh were in the getaway car that day, police have said after recovering the vehicle. On Sunday, they had arrested three colleagues of the main victim as accused.
Accused hurts leg during escape
In trying to escape during police raid on his house, accused Parvinder Singh jumped off the first floor and hurt his leg. He is admitted to the Ludhiana Civil Hospital, and police claim he has accepted his role in the crime.
It was their third attempt
The six new accused reportedly have told police the attack was their third attempt. "Parvinder Singh demanded Rs 10 lakh for it, and Amitpal Kaur gave him Rs 1.50 lakh as part payment. In October last year, she had divorced Sunny, brother of Honey (victim's fiancé)," said police commissioner Nirmal Singh Dhillon.
About six months ago, Amirtpal Kaur remarried. Her husband, Amrinder Singh, is settled in England and she lives with her parents. Her alleged paramour, Parvinder Singh, is in a neighbourhood rented accommodation. Even after divorce, Amitpal Kaur was in contact with the housemaid and grand in-laws, from whom she had reportedly come to know that Honey was going to marry Harpreet Kaur of Barnala.
"She told her paramour she couldn't see the family living happy and involved him in the plan to scar Harpreet Kaur with acid," said the police commissioner.
Times when they came close
December 1: first attempt: They went to the house of Harpreet Kaur holding a gift and acid. Harpreet's father answered the door and told them she was not in.
December 6: They returned to Harpreet's house but the family had by then come to Ludhiana for wedding. Before that, they threw blood on the ceremonial tent at the groom's house in Doraha and dumped a blood-stained carcass at the main gate, which failed to disturb the family.
December 7: The accused came to Ludhiana in a car borrowed from Nirmal Singh of Barnala, uncle of Parvinder Singh, on the pretext of going to a marriage function. They changed the number plate.
Amitpal Kaur transferred the photographs of Harpreet Kaur to Parvinder Singh on mobile-phone application Whatsapp. As Harpreet Kaur came to Lakme Salon at Sarabha Nagar with her parents, the five men waited outside in the car.
After her parents left, Parvinder Singh entered the salon, threw acid on Harpreet Kaur, and was out in 13 seconds. Amritpal Kaur switched off her mobile phone for the next two hours.
Fluke that almost misled police
Parvinder had dropped a forged letter in the salon to mislead police. Co-incidentally, the name on it matched that of one of the victim's colleagues. Police rounded up her three co-workers and interrogated them but as the victim's family suspected Amitpal Kaur as well, it was a matter of time before police got to her.