The father and the uncle of a woman found hanged from a tree along National Highway-1 near Ladhowal village here on July 16 were arrested on Monday and charged with ‘honour’ killing.
The woman from Nazibabad in Uttar Pradesh reportedly annoyed her family by falling in love with a man from another faith.
When the family failed to break up the relationship, her father allegedly plotted to kill her and involved one of his cousins.
For secrecy, they decided to kill her in some other state.
“The uncle brought her to Punjab on the pretext of taking her to some shrines, and on way to Ludhiana, strangulated her after rape. He hanged the body from a tree and stripped it of belongings to conceal the victim’s identity,” says a police officer.
A mobile-phone number on a piece of paper left on the spot led the police to the woman’s father and uncle.
It had looked like murder from the first appearance, said assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Surinder Mohan.