What was a 'natural death' till six days ago, is being seen as murder now. Six days after a 12-year-old girl died under mysterious circumstances, the local police on Friday arrested her uncle on charge of murder.
The suspect has been identified as Ajaib Singh, a resident of Chujanka village in Barnala district. The police have booked Ajaib for murder and destroying evidence on the complaint of Sher Singh, victim's uncle and suspect's brother-in-law.
Deputy superintendent of police Harmeek Singh said as per the FIR, the victim, Gurpreet Kaur, was living with Sher Singh's sister Shinder Kaur, wife of Ajaib Singh, at Nangal village.
The incident happened on March 17, when Shinder came to her brother Sher Singh's place, leaving behind Gurpreet to look after the house. The police said Ajaib got furious seeing Gurpreet playing with her friends in the street. As per the complaint, the Ajaib took her to one of the rooms and thrashed her brutally, following which she died.
The police said after committing the crime, Ajaib called Shinder and told her that Gurpreet had died after falling off the staircase.
Unsuspecting Gurpreet's family members cremated her the same day.
The DSP said Sher Singh couldn't buy what Ajaib was saying, after the former visited the 'accident' spot and informed the police. “The suspect has confessed to having thrashed the firl leading to her death,” the DSP said.