A district court on Saturday awarded life imprisonment to a father-son duo besides four others in a case of honour killing at Muggowal village in Hoshiarpur district.
Sodhi Ram along with his son Bhupinder Pal and other aides was facing trial for hacking his newlywed daughter Khushboo and her husband Sandip Kumar to death in January 2015.
Sandip, who was 24 at the time of the incident, and Khushboo, 22, both Dalits and neighbours in Muggowal village, had eloped in October 2014. They were granted police protection by the Punjab and Haryana high court, but the cops’ alleged failure to act on the orders resulted in their cold-blooded murder.
Besides convicting the six of murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), additional sessions judge BS Deol also found them guilty under Section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) for the attack on Sandip’s family.
The other convicts handed the life term are Avinash Chander of Muggowal, Sarabjit Singh of Ajnoha, Amarjit Singh of Panjora and Sandip Kumar of Kapurthala. Three other persons named in the first-information report (FIR) have been acquitted for want of evidence, while one remains a proclaimed offender.
The convicts had attacked the newlyweds with sharp-edged weapons a few days after they returned to Sandip’s house in January 2015. In the attack, Sandip’s father, Parkash, who tried to intervene, was badly injured. On the statement of Sandip’s mother, Udham Kaur, the Chabbewal police had registered an FIR.