A 28-year-old woman Sarvjit Kaur of Bhagdana village here was allegedly poisoned to death by her in-laws for not bringing more dowry, on Monday.
The father of the deceased, Amrik Singh of Baghria village, lodged a complaint at the Badali Ala Singh police station following which they booked five members - husband Gurpreet Singh, father-in-law Jaswant Singh, mother-in-law Gurvinder Kaur, brother-in-law Iqbal Singh and sister-in-law Rajvinder Kaur - on the charge of death due to dowry demand. The husband, Gurpreet, has been arrested.
The complainant said that his daughter's in-laws started demanding dowry a few months after the wedding in 2009, although he had already given them dowry at the time of the wedding. He alleged Gurpreet had demanded `2.5 lakh about two months ago. Amrik gave the sum by selling off a piece of land. On August 23, his daughter had informed him over phone that her in-laws were harassing her for more dowry and on August 25 his daughter's in-laws told him that Sarvjit was ill. But, when he reached their house, his daughter had died. He alleged that the in-laws had killed his daughter by mixing poison in her food.
Amrik also accused Gurpreet, who worked on fields, of being a drug addict and not allowing his daughter to go to work.
Investigating officer Gurjeet Singh said preliminary investigations revealed that Sarvjit had been poisoned. However, he said, cause of death would be known only after receiving the post-mortem report. He said investigations had been started and the victim's body had been handed over to her parents. Sarvjit is survived by a four-year-old son.