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Drunk man clobbers wife, four children to death
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Suneri Khalsa (Kurukshetra), September 25
A 37-year-old man of this village clobbered his wife and four children aged between 10 to 16 years to death by attacking them with a spade midnight yesterday. The man was reportedly drunk at the time of committing the crime.

It is suspected that the accused, Ram Kishan first murdered his wife Roshni (34) by attacking her with a spade after she allegedly objected to his habit to drink liquor. After this he killed his two sons Ramesh (15), Om Pal (9) and his two daughters aged 13 and 11 with the same spade. The children were reportedly sleeping when their father clobbered them to death.

After killing them, he went to the Kurukshetra University police station at around 4.15 am on his own and surrendered before the police.

However, there was no consistency in his statement and took him to the village. They went to Ram Kishan’s one-room house at around 5 am along with village sarpanch Mewa Singh.

The Sarpanch told The Tribune that he was shocked to see five bodies lying in Ram Kishan’s one-room house. While his wife Roshni’s body was lying near the door of the room, the other four bodies of his children were lying on two different cots.

Mewa Singh said injury marks on the bodies of Roshni, her elder son Ramesh and daughter Manjeet revealed that they had struggled with Ram Kishan before being killed. The bodies bore injury marks not only on the necks but also on other body parts including heads, hands and thighs, which indicated that they had struggled before being killed.

Mewa Singh said the killer was a regular drinker, a habit that his wife did not like. The couple used to fight often due to this.

When The Tribune team visited Ram Kishan’s house, two blood stained cots were seen lying in the verandah in front of a locked single room. Blood stains were also seen on the floor near the door. The bodies had already been taken to Kurukshetra Civil Hospital for post-mortem.

Surprisingly, none of the neighbours had heard any noise and they also came to know about the gruesome incident in the morning after the police reached the spot.

Ram Kishan’s neighbours, Ram Chander and Multan, said that they had not heard any sound yesterday night.

Sohan Lal, one of Ram Kishan’s five brothers living in the same village, said he had not even seen Ram Kishan for the past two months as he used to go for work early in the morning and returned late at night. However, he admitted that the couple used to quarrel often because of Ram Kishan’s habit to drink.

Roshni’s brother Ishwar Singh, a resident of Goorah village falling under Gharuanda police station in neighbouring Karnal district, told mediapersons that his brother-in-law used to beat his sister frequently.

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