Four of family shot dead by kin in Tarn Taran
Suspecting illicit relations between his father and a pregnant sister-in-law and assuming that his brother had an eye on his wife, a Tarn Taran resident, shot dead four members of his family, including his parents, elder brother and sister-in-law on Saturday night.punjab Updated: Mar 23, 2014 21:18 IST
Suspecting illicit relations between his father and a pregnant sister-in-law and assuming that his brother had an eye on his wife, a Tarn Taran resident, shot dead four members of his family, including his parents, elder brother and sister-in-law on Saturday night.
To commit the crime, the 22-year-old accused used a 32-bore revolver of his brother that he had stolen a couple of days ago.
The accused, identified as Daljit Singh, has been arrested.
The deceased have been identified as Balwinder Singh (72), his wife Charanjit Kaur (62), their son Dilbagh Singh (55) and Dilbagh's eight-month pregnant wife Ranjit Kaur (44), all residents of Koharka village in Tarn Taran district.
While Balwinder, Dilbagh and his wife Ranjit Kaur were shot in one room of the house where they were having dinner together, Charanjit Kaur was shot in the kitchen where she was working at that time .
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 to look into the matter.
"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.
He said that it seemed hard to believe that Daljit Singh had not heard the shots being fired by the "unidentified assailants" despite being at home at that time.
"On being questioned by the police, he accepted his involvement in the murder," he added.
Hundal said Daljeet suspected illicit relations between his father and his sister-in-law, besides assuming that his brother Dilbagh Singh had an eye on his (Daljeet's) wife.
The SSP said that the accused, who had been living in a separate portion of the same house with his wife, had disclosed that being unemployed he was dependent on his father and his brother for all his financial needs and that of his wife.
"He alleged that he was often subjected to humiliation whenever he went to his father or brother to ask for money, because of which he was mentally disturbed," the SSP added.
"A couple of days ago, he stole his brother's 32-bore pistol and thereafter he went to stay with one of his relatives in the village as he wanted to kill both his father and brother away from home," he said.
He added that unable to find an opportune moment to execute his plan, he returned home on Saturday and shot his father, brother and sister-in-law while they were having dinner.
"He later shot his mother, who was in the kitchen, as she was an eyewitness to the incident," said the SSP.
The SSP maintained that he would write to the director general of police to honour the police officials, who had played a proactive role in solving this case.