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Enraged over her plan to remarry, sons killed 57-year-old widow 

CASE CRACKED: Police say sons were also agitated over the victim’s decision to leave her property to her three daughters

punjab Updated: Jul 18, 2017 23:02 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
Ludhiana murder,Sons kill mother in Ludhiana
Samarjit Singh and Sandeep Saini in police custody in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

The 57-year-old woman found dead at her house in Old Madhopuri area on Monday was murdered by her sons who were piqued over her decision to marry again, the police said on Tuesday.

Claiming to have cracked the case within 24 hours of it coming to light, police commissioner RN Dhoke said the victim’s sons Samarjit Singh and Sandeep Saini had confessed to their crime and had been arrested.

Samarjit was the one to raise the alarm about his mother’s death on Monday.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Dhoke said the victim, Amarjit Kaur, had married twice. While Samarjit was sired by her first husband, who had died in 2003, Sandeep was the son of her second husband, who she had divorced.

Amarjit lived on the ground floor of her house in Old Madhopuri area with Samarjit living on the first floor, while Sandeep lived separately in Haibowal.

Dhoke said there was discord between Amarjit and her sons over her plans to marry a non-resident Indian, and her decision to leave her property to her three daughters. One of her daughters-in-law Muskan had tried to strangle her to death a few months ago, for which she was under trial through a case registered at the Division Number 3 police station, he added.

The victim’s daughter Gagandeep Kaur, the complainant in the case, had pointed at the possibility of her brothers having killed their mother, as there was constant bickering over property, leading the police to interrogate the brothers.

During questioning, the accused revealed that their mother had a bad reputation owing to her extorting money from men after getting in touch with them on matrimonial websites, the top cop added.

“Hence, resolute to murder their mother, Samarjit and Sandeep entered Amarjit’s room around 3 am on Monday and strangled her to death in her sleep. They put a noose around her neck and tied it to the door handle, to make it appear like a suicide,” Dhoke added.

Gagandeep, who lives in Sanjay Gandhi Colony with her husband, had sounded the police after Samarjit informed her that their mother was found strangled to death. A case under Section 302 (murder) was registered on her complaint.

First Published: Jul 18, 2017 23:01 IST

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