Police on Wednesday claimed to have solved the murder of a woman, who was allegedly involved in a 2015 sacrilege incident.
“The woman, identified as Balwinder Kaur of Veroke village, was murdered by her husband who was upset over the desecration incident,” said Amritsar (rural) senior superintendent of police HPS Khakh.
Police had recovered Balwinder’s body with injuries caused by sharp-edged weapons on September 9. Her husband Labh Singh, at that time, had told police his wife was killed by three unidentified people.
The SSP said initially it looked like an act of revenge by some hardliners. However, when Labh was grilled by the special investigation team, he broke down and confessed to his crime.
“Labh told police that he was very upset with his wife after the sacrilege episode in November 2015. The couple used to constantly quarrel over this. On September 9, they had a fight again and in a fit of rage Labh, who was also under the influence of alcohol, picked up a ‘dattar’ (a sickle) and attacked his wife, killing her on the spot,” said the SSP.
To save himself, Labh concocted a story about his wife being murdered by some unidentified persons and convinced his granddaughter to narrate the same before cops. Police have recovered the weapon used in the crime from a village pond.
Police had booked Balwinder Kaur on charges of hurting religious sentiments on November 10 last year after she was accused of entering the sacred area of village gurdwara with her slippers on.