Sacrilege-accused’s murder: Accused surrender, say don’t regret killing woman

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 30, 2016 09:40 IST
Two men charged with killing a sacrilege-accused woman at a court in Ludhiana on Friday. (JS Grewal/HT Photo)

The two men charged with killing sacrilege-accused woman Balwinder Kaur on Tuesday (July 26) outside Gurdwara Manji Sahib at Alamgir village in this district surrendered before the court on Friday.

The Dehlon police sought the custody of accused Gurpreet Singh Jagowal of Amargarh (Sangrur) and Nihal Singh of Patiala to recover the murder weapon. The court of judicial magistrate Lovejinder kaur gave them three days. Police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh said relentless pressure had forced the two men to surrender.

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“We don’t regret of killing the woman. It was to avenge the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib,” said Gurpreet Singh, while moving out of the court. Both accused asked expatriates to beware of people collecting money in their name. Balwinder Kaur (47) of Ghawaddi village, who was shot dead on Tuesday, had won bail in the sacrilege case last December. The shooters were identified from security-camera footage. Desecration cases had set off a wave of unrest in Punjab last year.

On October 19, 2015, baptised Sikh woman Balwinder Kaur and granthi (priest) Sikandar Singh were arrested over sacrilege at the gurdwara of Ludhiana’s Ghawaddi village, where she had been doing ‘sewa’ for seven years.

Earlier, her elder son, Ranjit Singh, was gurdwara priest. After new committee took over, it appointed a new priest and the family stopped earning from the gurdwara. Police says it was then that she plotted to tear the pages of a copy of the holy book to get the priest sacked and her son reinstated.

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