A man who allegedly killed his wife with a sharp-edged weapon in a moving car near Guru Teg Bahadur Garh (Rode) village in Baghapurana subdivision, 26 kilometres from here, on Sunday afternoon failed to pass it off as a road accident.
Victim Amanpreet Kaur (28) was married to accused Gurwinder Singh of from Badhni Kalan in Nihal Singh Wala subdivision of Moga district for the past three months. The investigating officer, Smalsar additional station house officer Palwinder Singh, said that the woman’s brother, Balvir Singh, had submitted a statement that the family of Gurwinder Singh had been harassing his sister for more dowry.
“She shared it with us many times but we advised her to be patient and settle into the relationship,” Balvir Singh is reported to have claimed in his statement. “Balvir said his brother-in-law had come to Smalsar on Saturday with his sister, and on way back to Badhni Kalan in a car on Sunday afternoon, had attacked with a sharp-edged weapon. To pass it off as a road accident, he crashed the car into a tree near Rode village and fled the scene,” said investigating officer (IO) Palwinder Singh.
After the crime, Gurwinder Singh went to the Baghapurana Civil Hospital and told the police there that his car had met with an accident and his wife had died in the incident. “When the Baghapurana cops investigated the matter, it came to light that it was murder,” said the IO.
Baghapurana deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Balwinder Singh said a case had been registered against the victim’s husband, Gurwinder Singh; father-in-law, Manjit Singh; and sisters-in-law, Sarabjit Kaur, Veerpal Kaur, and Kuldeep Kaur, under Sections 302 (murder), 304-A (dowry death) and 120-B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Smalsar on the statement of Balvir Singh. No arrest has been made, so far.
A hunt is on for the accused.
Even after the police had registered a criminal case against the victim’s husband and his family, many people from the nearby villages, led by former Congress minister Darshan Singh Brar, staged a dharna on the Moga-Muktsar highway for the arrest of the accused.
The protesters didn’t let the police take the body of Amanpreet Kaur to the hospital for autopsy, but after officers, including superintendent of police (SP detective) Harjit Singh Pannu, convinced the family about fair inquiry, the blockade was lifted.