The family of a 25-year-old man, who was murdered for opposing illicit relationship of a woman of his village, held a protest at Heerewala village here on Monday demanding the arrest of the accused. According to the police, Attardeep Singh was killed on Diwali night when he resisted the entry of around 5-6 people to his village, who used to visit a woman in his village. “The victim resisted the entry of the accused, identified as Jeet Singh, Amreek Singh, Mumpy Singh, Semi Singh, Gurjant Singh and his two sons Govind Singh and Sandeep Singh, residents of neighbouring Khara village.
In a fit of rage, Attardeep was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon and, later, he succumbed to his injuries in a hospital in Patiala,” said deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Jasmeet Singh.
The police have booked all the accused, including the woman Jasbir Kaur under section 302 (punishment for murder), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 148 (rioting, being armed with a deadly weapon) and 149 (member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence commit¬ted in prosecution of common object) of IPC.
To avoid any untoward incident, Jasbir Kaur and her daughter were taken away to the police station as the cops feared that agitated villagers might burn down her house.
The villagers, who sat on a dharna on Monday morning, said that the accused had always created nuisance in their village and it was just the flashpoint, which led to the killing of Attardeep Singh.
“All these accused often visited the house of Jasbir Kaur. Even girls of our village on their way to attend school in Khara village were often teased,” said a villager. The accused, after killing Attardeep, fled Heerewala village and returned with more reinforcement only to face angry villagers, who had assembled by then at the village entrance. “Gurjant Singh, father of one of the accused came armed with weapons and a tractor to terrorise us. When we resisted, he attempted to fire shots but we threw stones at him and then he fled,” said another villager. Three youths of the victim’s village were injured, who were later admitted to the civil hospital in Mansa.