Unidentified persons murdered a retired BSF commandant and injured his wife before fleeing with the officer’s licensed rifle at Sheehnpur village in Dasuya on Friday.
The deceased has been identified as Narinder Singh, 70. His wife Harbhajan Kaur ,who is undergoing treatment at the Dasuya civil hospital, said the robbers, three in number, entered the house around 1 am. They first hit Narinder with sharp-edged weapons and then attacked his wife. The robbers also tried to strangulate the woman with her ‘gatra’ (a strip of cloth used to wear kirpan) following which she fell unconscious. When she regained consciousness, she saw the house had been ransacked. The woman raised alarm following which neighbours assembled and informed police.
“It appears to be a case of robbery but we are looking into other angles too”, said Dasuya assistant superintendent of police Charanjit Singh. Police have registered a case under section 460 (house breaking by night) of the Indian Penal Code against unidentified persons. A manhunt has been launched to nab them, he added.
The deceased’s wife is in a state of shock. “We are waiting for her statement to figure out what else, including cash, jewellery, was taken away by robbers”, the ASP added. Police have informed couple’s two daughters and a US- based son about the incident.
Note: He was wrongly identified as a colonel in a previous version of this report.