In a case of honour killing, the police have now arrested the fifth accused, father of the young woman who was thrown into the Beas river at Bhet Pattan village near here on October 2 to be drowned.
The woman’s paternal uncles Balbir Singh and Baljit Singh and maternal uncles Jagtar Singh and Sakkater Singh were arrested within days after the case was registered on October 5. Lakhbir Singh, her father, had then absconded.
The family killed Paramjeet Kaur, 20, after she declined to end her love affair with fellow villager Shemsher Singh, Batala senior superintendent of police (SSP) Inderbir Singh has said. “Based on a secret input that Lakhbir was back at his village, a team led by Shri Hargobindpur station house officer (SHO) Kamalmeet Singh laid a trap at Kiri Afghana on Tuesday and caught the prime accused fleeing,” he added.
Bhet Pattan, where the police had fished the body, is under Harchowal police post in Sri Hargobindpur police jurisdiction. The police claim to have found that the family of Paramjeet Kaur had planned to murder even her lover, Shemsher Singh.
“They told her they were agreed to the alliance but would hold the wedding in secret. They dressed her in bridal clothes, performed some sort of marriage rituals at her maternal grandparents’ house, and asked her to call Shemsher Singh alone at the gurdwara of Bhet Pattan for the rest of the ceremonies. Shemsher Singh was lucky he got there late, as he saw the family dragging Paramjeet Kaur to the river. Sensing a trap, he fled,” said the SSP. Bricks were tied to the woman’s legs and she was thrown into the river.