A Sangrur court, on Monday, sentenced to life imprisonment 21-year-old Manpreet Kaur, who had given supari (contract) to get her parents and brother killed in 2012.
The court of additional sessions judge Varinder Aggarwal also pronounced life imprisonment to four other accused, who were contract killers, in the case.
A fine of Rs 50,000 was slapped each on Manpreet and other accused identified as Karmajit alias Neeta; Sukhwinder Singh, who has been sent to jail for three years for providing arms; Satgur Singh; Paramjit Singh and Ratandeep Singh.
Meanwhile, four other accused identified as Gurmeet Singh, Gurdeep Singh, Jagseer Singh and Raju Singh were acquitted due to lack of evidence.
In a bid to kill her parents so that she could marry the boy of her choice, Manpreet, a resident of Kanjla village, had sent contract killers to her house on July 15.
Luckily, her parents survived the attack but their 20-year-old servant Jarnail Singh was killed.
The police had arrested the accused on August 7 and registered a case of murder against them.
Considering her parents and brother an impediment in her marriage to the boy she loved, Manpreet, who was 19 then, gave Rs 5 lakh to contract killers to eliminate her family.
Manpreet, who belonged to a Jat family, allegedly had an affair with a Dalit named Gurmeet Singh of Kanjli village who had been running a mobile recharge shop in her village for the past few years.
After they came to know about her relationship, her parents withdrew her from school and complained to the village panchayat against Gurmeet. The panchayat then restricted his entry in her village.
An upset Manpreet contacted Gurmeet and asked him to hire people to kill her parents and brother.
Manpreet confessed before the police that the contract killers attempted twice to execute their plan but failed. On July 15, 2012, all five accused reached Manpreet’s house and remained in regular contact with her over the phone.
According to the FIR, after sneaking into the house, the accused attacked servant Jarnail Singh, who was sleeping in the corridor, with sharp-edged weapons. The accused then panicked and left on the pretext that the girl’s father, Avtar Singh, had woken up.
Police recovered Jarnail’s body in a pool of blood on July 16 and also found a .315 pistol along with three live cartridges. They arrested the accused on August 7, 2012.
According to the police, Manpreet’s maternal grandparents had recently sold property and the money they received in exchange was lying in the house. It was this money that Manpreet used to pay the contract killers.