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Man on death row now held guilty of killing 4 of a family in Punjab

The prosecution contended that Khushwinder, who worked as a typist outside a court, killed Kulwant Singh, his wife and two children to lay his hands on the Rs 28 lakh that the latter had received as proceeds from the sale of agricultural land.

punjab Updated: Aug 25, 2018 12:15 IST
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Khushwinder Singh(HT Photo)

A Fatehgarh Sahib man on death row for murdering his wife’s six relatives in 2012, was on Friday held guilty in a similar case where he killed four members of a family by pushing them into the Sirhind canal in 2004.

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court convicted Khushwinder Singh, 45, of Suhavi village in Fatehgarh Sahib, under Sections 302 (murder), 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of the Indian Penal Code.

The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on August 28.

Murdered family of 4 for money

The prosecution contended that Khushwinder, who worked as a typist outside a court, killed Kulwant Singh, his wife and two children to lay his hands on the Rs 28 lakh that the latter had received as proceeds from the sale of agricultural land.

On June 4, 2004, Kulwant, 40, his wife Harjit Kaur, 38, their daughter Ramandeep Kaur, 15 and son Avrinder Singh, 14, had disappeared under mysterious circumstances from their house at Sanghol town in Fatehgarh Sahib.

Kulwant used to run a rice mill and also worked as a commission agent. He had sold his land and was to visit a gurdwara at Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh. But his car was recovered from the outskirts of Suhavi village near the house of accused Khushwinder, whose elder brother Kulwinder Singh worked as an accountant for Kulwant.

Later, police had recovered Kulwant’s shoes from the canal. Eventually, the bodies of Kulwant and his daughter were recovered, but his wife and son could not be traced.

As the cops remained clueless, the Punjab and Haryana high court in 2007 handed over the probe to the CBI on the petition of the deceased’s brother Kultar Singh.

It was in July 2012 when Khushwinder was arrested for the murder of his wife’s six relatives that he confessed to have murdered Kulwant and his family members, following which the CBI reopened the case.

Had drowned wife’s six relatives in 2012

A Fatehgarh Sahib court on March 16, 2013, had awarded the death sentence to Khushwinder Singh for killing his wife’s six relatives by pushing them into the Bhakra Canal in Ludhiana district in June 2012.

Khushwinder had taken the family to the canal near Mukandpur village in Ludhiana on the pretext of performing a religious ceremony.

The victims were his wife’s uncle Gurmail Singh, 70, a retired Punjab Police head constable, his wife Paramjit Kaur, 60, their son Gurinder Singh, 30, their daughter’s husband Rupinder Singh, Rupinder’s son Jaskirat Singh and daughter Prabhsimran Kaur.

Khushwinder was arrested in July 2012 after Gurmail’s daughter Jasmine Kaur managed to swim out and reported the matter to Bassi Pathana police.

Jasmine told the cops that Khushwinder and his wife Manjit Kaur, who was her father’s niece, learnt of the ₹37 lakh lying in the house during a visit.

After the family discussed the alcohol addiction of Gurinder, Khushwinder claimed he knew a godman who could cure him. He also promised that he will send Gurinder abroad through an agent, and took ₹2 lakh for it.

Later, Khushwinder had told them that he had consulted the godman and that Gurinder will be cured if they threw grains in flowing water. The family went with him to the canal, where he pushed them into the water.

First Published: Aug 25, 2018 12:12 IST