A local court on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment a man who opened fire on his wife outside the courts complex here two years ago.
The court of sessions judge Tejwinder Singh sentenced to life imprisonment Mewa Singh, a retired railway employee, for shooting dead his wife Malkit Kaur on December 12, 2012.
The convict used to beat and harass his wife as a result of which she had started living with her parents in Thandewala in Muktsar district.
Mewa Singh had moved an application in a court in Bathinda in this regard and the victim, along with her sister-in-law Sukhwinder Kaur and her son Gurwinder Singh, had come to the court to attend the case hearing.
When all three came out of court complex, the convict came to them and demanded his wife be handed over to him, which the family denied. Angry at this, Mewa Singh opened fire, leaving all three injured.
Malkit Kaur, who had received a bullet shot to her back, succumbed to her injuries at a private hospital. A case regarding murder and attempt to murder under sections 302 and 307 of the IPC was registered on a complaint by Sukhwinder Kaur.