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Man burns parents alive
Jagmeet Y. Ghuman

Nalagarh, August 13
A man allegedly burnt alive his old parents at Jhira village, about 12 km from here on Nalagarh-Ropar road, early today.

Upset over his parentsí refusal to give him a piece of land to construct his own house, Amarjeet Singh (43) allegedly set his aged parents on fire inside a cowshed of their home at around 5 a.m. today.

Amarjeet works in a rolling mill at Dera Bassi in Patiala district of Punjab. He had come back to his parentsí house last night. He reportedly pleaded with his mother, Ravinder Kaur (65) to give him a piece of land. She asked him to discuss the matter with his father, Balwant Singh (68).

Amarjeet had not been on good terms with his parents for a long time. So Balwant Singh refused his sonís demand. This enraged Amarjeet Singh who, then in a fit of anger, reportedly burnt his parents alive.

Later Amarjeet Singh gave a statement to the police he had seen his mother on fire inside the cowshed. He claimed that his father was standing outside the cowshed. Amarjeet further claimed that when he wanted to save his mother, his father warned him of same consequences. In a bid to save his mother Amarjeet said he accidentally pushed his father towards his mother. Consequently Balwant also caught fire and died, he claimed.

Amarjeet further claimed that then he rushed to local panchayat president Seemaís house where he narrated the whole incident. Panchayatís presidentís husband Kamal then reported the matter to police.

Later Amarjeet Singh surrendered to the police.

The bodies of aged couple were baldy burnt beyond recognition.

Senior police officials rushed to spot to verify the facts. A case has been registered. A team of forensic experts has been called to ascertain the facts.

Despite the fact it was joint family having many members residing in a big house, no one witnessed the incident. The old couple had six sons and two daughters. But most of occupants were sleeping at the back portion of house when the incident took place in front portion of house, the police added.





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