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Newlywed lands in PGI with burns; husband, kin booked

Accused agreed to marry her after she lodged criminal complaint against him.

punjab Updated: Sep 21, 2017 13:33 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Amrita, who got married to Gurvinder — of Dhakoli, Zirakpur — 10 days ago after being in relations with him for two year, suspects he orchestrated the attack.(Representative image )

Not all love stories have a happy ending; definitely not for Amrita, 25, who is fighting for her life with 45% burns. A resident of Modern Housing Complex in Manimajra, she was attacked by two motorcycle-borne persons on Tuesday night. They threw kerosene on her and set her on fire.

Amrita, who got married to Gurvinder — of Dhakoli, Zirakpur — 10 days ago after being in relations with him for two year, suspects he orchestrated the attack. Gurvinder and his family members have been booked for attempt to murder on her statement.

Got married on Sept 10

Amrita, who runs a beauty parlour, and Gurvinder, who is in the business of car rental, got married at Mansa Devi temple on September 10, but only after police intervention. The two had been in relations for two years. After Gurvinder refused to marry her, she had lodged a criminal case against him.

“He refused to marry me, as his family was not in its favour,” said Amrita, who is undergoing treatment at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). “How could he play with my life? I had to undergo abortion too.” Police said to save himself from the criminal case, Gurvinder agreed to marry Amrita.

“Now, he was forcing me give him divorce. We even had a fight on Tuesday morning,” alleged Amrita.

Attacked by 2 bike-borne men

After the wedding, the couple were staying in a rented accommodation at Manimajra with Amrita’s mother Mahi. On Tuesday evening, after Mahi’s blood pressure dropped, Amrita had taken her to hospital.

“My Activa’s tyre got punctured while returning. So we started walking back home,” she said. “When we reached near the DC Montessori Senior Secondary Smart School, two motorcycle-borne persons threw a liquid on me and set me ablaze.”

Amrita was rushed to the Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, from where she was referred to the PGIMER on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.

“While one attacker was wearing a helmet, the other had his face covered,” Amrita’s mother told police. Mahi said she was walking ahead of her daughter when the attack took place.

The police have registered a case against Gurvinder, his father Kashmir Singh and cousin Rinku under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 120 (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), said deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Pawan Kumar. They are absconding.

Meanwhile, the duo who attacked Amrita have not been identified yet. Police are scanning the closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) footage in the area.

First Published: Sep 21, 2017 13:33 IST