Three days after an inebriated Karamjit Singh (35) set himself ablaze after putting his wife and two children on fire, the local police registered a case of murder and attempt to murder against him on Saturday.
Angry over his wife's opposition to his drinking habit, Karamjit had set his family on fire at Mullowal village near Dhuri in the district.
His wife Kiranjit Kaur (33) succumbed to her injuries, while his son Jashandeep Singh (10) and daughter Sukhpreet Kaur (8) were battling for life in the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh.
Investigating officer Bhupinder Singh said though the case under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of the IPC has been registered against Karmajit, he would be arrested after he recovers from burn injuries. The police said the condition of Karmajit and his children is stated to be stable.