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Ludhiana businessman kills wife, stabs son over ‘sarcastic remarks’

Crime seems to be growing unabated in Punjab’s industrial city of Ludhiana. In yet another incident, unidentified men stabbed a woman to death with sharp edged weapon in New Shivaji Nagar in the wee hours of Tuesday.

punjab Updated: Aug 23, 2016 22:22 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
The deceased, Savinder Kaur (40).

Fed up with sarcastic remarks of his family over mounting losses, businessman Gurmeet Singh allegedly murdered his sleeping wife with an ice pick on Tuesday at New Shivaji Nagar here and tried to kill his son, too.

The boy escaped with an injured shoulder. Gurmeet has told police that he wanted to kill himself after murdering Savinder Kaur (40), but his son, Aashu (18), made him change his mind and agreed to lie that it was the work of three intruders. It failed to fool police and they arrested Gurmeet in the evening before booking him for murder.

“The father-son’s story had many holes,” said additional deputy commissioner of police (crime) Balkar Singh, who inspected the scene of crime. “When we asked them sternly, Gurmeet came out with the facts.”

Body of victim Savinder Kaur being taken away from the family’s New Shivaji Nagar house in Ludhiana on Tuesday. (Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

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“Gurmeet Singh runs a sanitary-ware store on the ground floor of his house. The business wasn’t doing well for a few months and his wife and son had started taunting him over it,” said assistant commissioner of police (central) Amandeep Singh Brar. “Under depression, the businessman gagged his sleeping wife with his pillow and stabbed her 18 times with the ice pick. He then went into his son’s room and stabbed him in the shoulder. It woke him up and he pacified his father, who told him to keep his mouth shut.”

No forced entry

Police found no sign of a forced entry in the house. “It has to be an insider’s job,” assistant commissioner of police (central) Amandeep Singh Brar said. “That the family took 30 minutes to report the crime also raised doubts. Nothing was looted from the house, which made it easy to solve the case.” Six months ago, the family lost some cash, valuables, and house keys in a burglary at the house. So, initially, police thought those burglars had broken in again using the stolen keys. They detained seven tenants from the third floor but, later, found them to be innocent.

First Published: Aug 23, 2016 11:51 IST