Ludhiana: Woman gets life term for murdering father-in-law, stepdaughter
The case had sent shock waves through the region in 2012, when the charred bodies of Narinder Kumar, a retired Food Corporation of India (FCI) official and his granddaughter Rewa were found on July 17.Updated: Jul 29, 2017 14:42 IST
Five years after the sensational double murder where a 64-year-old man and his eight-year-old granddaughter were found murdered in Punjab Mata Nagar, the court of additional sessions judge Jasvir Singh Kang sentenced his daughter-in-law to life imprisonment on Friday.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the convict, Reena.
The case had sent shock waves through the region in 2012, when the charred bodies of Narinder Kumar, a retired Food Corporation of India (FCI) official and his granddaughter Rewa were found on July 17. The autopsy reports had revealed the victims were bludgeoned to death, and their bodies set afire later.
As the police initiated probe into the case on the complaint of Narinder’s son, Hitesh, their suspicion grew in view of his wife Reena’s statement that it was a robbery-cum-murder. The police believed if indeed it was a case of robbery, the robbers wouldn’t take the time to set the bodies ablaze.
When police mounted pressure on Reena during her interrogation, she confessed that her father-in-law had been making physical advances towards her, and she had hammered him to death in a fit of rage. She killed her eight-year-old stepdaughter Rewa too as she saw him kill Narinder. She then set the bodies on fire to mislead the police into believing her concocted story of a robbery.
Narinder's family had claimed at the outset that Reena, who got married to his son, Hitesh, seven months before the murders, was lying and the murders were a result of a property dispute. During initial interrogation, Reena had claimed that two people who she did not recognise had come to meet her father-in-law on the day of crime.
She had claimed that she had showed the two the way to her father-in-law’s room and then left the house to pay the tuition fee of her stepdaughter. On her return, she saw smoke coming from the room of her father-in-law, and found two bodies lying in a pool of blood on rushing to Narinder’s room, following which she raised the alarm.
However, police found Reena’s statements contradictory, as when the cops had checked with the tuition centre, they came to know Reena never visited it. She later confessed to the police that after killing Narinder, she washed the construction tool that she used to murder Narinder and kept it on the roof.
Then she retired to her bedroom and slept for sometime. In the meantime, Rewa returned from school, waking her up. When she tried to enter her grandfather’s room, she did not let her enter. She served her food and told her to get ready for tuition class, so that she could set the room on fire in her absence. But Rewa refused to leave for tuition.
Reena then decided to eliminate her as well. She went upstairs and told the labourers to leave for the day.
She returned to the roof for the hammer and rushed downstairs and locked the main door. By then Rewa had entered her grandfather’s room and had touched his blood-soaked head. A frightened Rewa tried to escape as she saw Reena approaching, but slipped. The woman then hammered the child to death.
The convict hails from Nakodar in Jalandhar and was earlier married at Phagwara. She had secured a divorce from her first husband after a while and then married Hitesh. Police said she was a post-graduate in Hindi and had a stubborn and aggressive nature. Rewa’s mother had died soon after her birth and she was brought up by her maternal family at Amritsar. Narinder had brought her to Ludhiana three months prior to the murder.
First Published: Jul 29, 2017 14:36 IST