Punjab family strangulates teen daughter over love affair, secretly cremates body during lockdown

Punjab family strangulates teen daughter over love affair, secretly cremates body during lockdown

Punjab Police in Hoshiarpur has booked five people in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old woman who was killed by her family and later cremated in secrecy.

The police has arrested the deceased's mother Balvinder, uncle Sadev and cousin Gurdeep Singh, who is a Punjab Police employee and is posted in the chief minister's security wing.

The victim’s mother Balwinder filed a missing report on April 22 and said in the complaint that her daughter Jaspreet Kaur had left home without informing them. She had also said that she suspects one Amanpreet Singh alias Aman of Bhajlan village was responsible for her daughter’s disappearance.

A day after the complaint, Balwinder Kaur informed the police that her daughter has been traced near Garshankar railway station and was brought back home.

Police investigations have revealed that the deceased was in a relationship with Amanpreet and had gone to his home. She was traced by her family members and then forced to return home with the intervention of the local panchayat.Another cousin involved in the crime is Shivraj alias Money who along with his accomplice Lalla is on the run ever since the incident. The incident took place in Souli village in Gadshankar area of Hoshiarpur.

"The deceased's mother, uncle and cousin have confessed their crime. Balvinder gave sleeping pills to her daughter on the intervening night of April 25 and 26. One of the accused Shivraj and his accomplice Lala later strangulated her when she was asleep. The accused Satyadev, Gurdeep and others cremated the body after she passed away," SHO Hoshiarpur, Iqbal Singh said.

This incident has also exposed the lapses on part of Hoshiarpur Police as the crime took place during a curfew.

Hoshiarpur Police officials were not available for a comment on how the incident took place when the district was under curfew.