Ludhiana, January 9
In a case of suspected honour killing arising out of caste differences, a youth, son of a senior Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader, and his wife, a BDS final year student, were brutally murdered in a house in Kiran Vihar after being tortured by contract killers, allegedly hired by girls NRI parents and relatives of the girl here.
The victims, Harpreet Singh, son of Parkash Singh, general secretary of the BSP, and his wife Amandeep Kaur, who was a student of Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College here, were beaten with rods and killed by slitting their throats open. The couple tried to grapple with the assailants as signs of struggle were found at the murder scene. The assailants had even pulled apart chunks of their hair. Blood was splattered all over the place.
The boy was a Ramdasia Sikh and the girl was a Jat Sikh (Dhaliwal). Their decision to tie knot despite the caste differences resulted in their death said the police.
Mr Parkash Singh told the Sadar police that the girl’s parents were against the marriage and had beaten up the girl earlier also. He alleged that as part of a deep-rooted conspiracy, they suddenly changed colours during the past few months and gave a house free of charge in Kiran Vihar to the couple two weeks ago.
They were earlier living in a rented accommodation near Model Town police station. The girl’s parents had told them that they could live comfortably in the house. The boy’s family learnt today after the murder that the house was a rented one and did not belong to any friend of the girl’s parents.
The girl’s parents left for Australia last week with their son. Investigating officer Charanjit Singh said the police had registered a case under Section 302, IPC, against the girl’s parents and three relatives.
No relative of the girl reached the scene of the crime. Civil Hospital contacted the police. Parkash Singh said the boy and the girl had met at a religious function a few years ago. They fell in love and decided to marry.
The girl’s parents and relatives were against the match. Due to their opposition, the couple got married secretly and later got it registered with the District Magistrate, Ludhiana. The girl’s parents then called them home saying they had accepted the boy. However, they beat up the girl and also manhandled the boy.
The couple had to escape cut off relations with the girl’s parents. They lived in Model Town as the girl had to visit some hospitals in late hours for her study.
The house in Kiran Vihar was a big one, but an isolated one. Resident of the area told the police that they had spotted strangers moving around in cars for the past three days. The bodies were first spotted by a maid servant of the couple.