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Punjab girl killed for honour, parents held

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Hoshiarpur, December 08, 2012
First Published: 18:07 IST(8/12/2012) | Last Updated: 22:41 IST(8/12/2012)

Claiming that the 25-year-old girl of Subhanpur village, Manpreet Kaur, was killed for honour, the police arrested her parents and two others under Section 302 of IPC. Manpreet's body was recovered from the roadside near Baghora on Thursday.

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Girl's parents had stated before the police that she had gone to attend the ring ceremony of her friend's sister in Mahilpur on Wednesday evening and before leaving she had informed them that she would be returning the next day as the function would end late. They had claimed that the girl was given a cash of Rs. 4,000, a gold ring and a chain for the ceremony which they said had been looted. They were informed about Manpreet's death by one Tara Singh of their village, they had claimed.

Police investigation and the phone call details of the deceased, however, pointed otherwise. It emerged that the girl was at home till 7 pm on Wednesday. "Investigations revealed that the girl wanted to marry one Sandip Kumar of Motian village but since he was an SC, her parents did not agree to it.

They rather wanted her to settle abroad. On December 5, when she insisted on going to her paramour, her father Kapur Singh, a school lecturer and mother Balwinder Kaur, an ANM in the health department, called their acquaintance Satnam Singh who came along with his driver Gurinder Singh and both tried to convince the girl but when she did not relent, Satnam hit her on the head with a sharp-edged weapon, killing her on the spot," said senior superintendent of police Sukhchain Singh Gill.

He revealed that Satnam carried girl's body to his fields in Kapur Singh's Maruti Zen where he changed her blood soaked clothes and then dumped her body on Baghora road. Meanwhile, Gurinder drove her Activa to the site and abandoned it there to create an impression that Manpreet had died in an accident, he added. He said her parents concocted the story of giving her jewellery and cash to make police believe that the same had been looted.

The SSP revealed that the police had arrested one Jaswinder Pal Singh of Meetpur, another acquaintance of the family who took Rs. 1.50 lakh from them on the assurance that he would manage to get an accident case registered. The money had been recovered, he claimed. He revealed that Satnam had been arrested but his driver Gurinder was still at large. "We have also recovered the car and the weapon used in the crime," he claimed.

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