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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

Man awarded death penalty for killing 4 of a family in Punjab

Khushwinder had pushed all of them into the Bhakra canal near Mukandpur village in Ludhiana.

punjab Updated: Aug 29, 2018 10:03 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mohali
Khushwinder Singh
Khushwinder Singh(HT Photo)

The CBI court on Tuesday awarded a death penalty to Fatehgarh Sahib man for killing four members of a family by pushing them into Sirhind canal in 2004.

“To be hanged till death”, said the special CBI judge NS Gill while pronouncing the verdict to Khushwinder Singh as he sat emotionless in court. Khushwinder is already on a death row for murdering six relatives of his wife in 2012.

On June 4, 2004, Kulwant Singh,40, a commission agent, his wife Harjit Kaur, 38, their daughter Ramandeep Kaur, 15, and son Avrinder Singh, 14, mysteriously disappeared from their house at Sanghol. Later, their car was recovered from the outskirts of Suhavi village near Khushwinder’s house.

Kulwant, who had sold his land for Rs 34 lakh , was planning to visit a gurudwara at Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur (HP) with his family when Khushwinder lured them into meeting a godman and killed them all.

“The convict committed the murders in a most ghastly and brutal manner... just for monetary gains.” said the CBI special judge. “Without showing mercy, he threw the hapless and vulnerable family into the canal eliminating all of them. So much so the bodies of Arvinder and his wife were never traced,” he added.

What nailed him

Khushwinder’s involvement in the case came to light after his arrest in 2012 for murdering his wife’s six relatives. The victims included his wife’s uncle Gurmail Singh, 70, a retired head constable, his wife Paramjit Kaur, 60, son Gurinder Singh, 30, daughter’s husband Rupinder Singh, Rupinder’s son Jaskirat and daughter Prabhsimran.

Khushwinder had pushed all of them into the Bhakra canal near Mukandpur village in Ludhiana. But Gurinder’s sister Jasmine, 35, survived and reported the matter to the Bassi Pathana police, who arrested Khushwinder.

Khushwinder decided to drown the family after he learnt they had Rs 37 lakh lying in their house. Jasmine told cops that Khushwinder had told her that he had killed four persons in a similar fashion in 2004 too.

Also Kulwant Singh had borrowed a car from his brother-in-law Kultar Singh and the same vehicle was recovered near Khushwinder’s house by police. A villager had even seen Khushwinder in the same car during wee hours of the murder.

First Published: Aug 28, 2018 16:07 IST