A local 'tantrik' (sorcerer) and his son-in-law were murdered after they allegedly helped a 15-year-old girl elope and marry her lover. The girl's father, grandfather and uncle have been booked for the killings.
The double murder was reported around 11pm on Wednesday when locals found the bodies lying in a pool of blood along the Nohra-Chaunda village road near Nabha. The deceased have been identified as Jeet Singh (65), a native of Kanganwal village, and his son-in-law Kala Singh, a resident of Chaunda village.
On the complaint of Jeet's son Laxman Singh, the local police registered a case against Shinda Singh and his sons Bunty and Satnam Singh, residents of Trien village in Patiala district.
A family from Majhi village approached Jeet and told him that the accused were creating hurdles in the affair between their son and Satnam's daughter. Jeet, a purported exponent of black magic, assured the family that he would use his 'powers' to make the girl elope.
Nabha deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Sewa Singh said Jeet helped the youth's family in taking the girl away from her residence and also solemnised their marriage last week.
Later, the girl's family apparently struck a compromise with the youth's parents and 'accepted' the marriage.
"Jeet and his son-in-law were returning from a party at the youth's residence at Majhi village on Thursday when the accused attacked and murdered them. The 'tantrik' had also slaughtered a goat to thank God for the marriage," the DSP said.
Police recovered a goat's head and pig meat from the scene of the crime.
Investigating officer Rajwinder Singh stated that during the investigation, Jeet's son Laxman narrated the entire story, following which a case of murder was registered against the girl's family.
"We are investigating the claims made by complainant in the FIR. Police teams are conducting raids at possible hideouts of the accused," he said.