A 14-year-old marriage came crashing down to a shocking end at Bahir Sahib village in Patiala on Monday when the husband allegedly electrocuted his 35-year-old wife to death after her family refused to satisfy a dowry demand of Rs 6 lakh and a Bullet motorcycle.
The accused has been identified as Amrinder Singh, a native of Bahir Sahib in Patiala, and has been absconding since the crime.
Surat Singh, the brother of the deceased Ramjeet Kaur (35), who is the complainant in the dowry drug case, said, “My sister and family has been harassed since Day 1 of the marriage. Initially, we had satisfied the demands. However, since my sister gave birth to boy last year, the demands increased manifold.”
He added that the accused assaulted Ramjeet on a regular basis and used to pressure the family, including the parents, to his demands.
“We never denied any of his demands, yet he killed my sister. We took a hit on our finances to satisfy his fancy demands, yet his greed knew no bounds,” Surat claimed.
He added that the family was informed by some villagers when the accused’s family was taking the body of his sister for cremation, after she had been thrashed and electrocuted on the night of February 23.
“The in-laws of Ramjeet were even cremating her without informing her and without even conducting any report or post-mortem. I managed to reach on time and stop the cremation. There were visible injury marks on the body that pointed to murder,” Surat added.
The accused Amrinder Singh has been booked under Sections 302 (murder) and 34 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.
Patran SHO Dharamdev Singh said, “A preliminary report has revealed that she was electrocuted. The viscera report has been sent to verify the poisonous substance in her body. The accused is still absconding and raids are being conducted.”