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Newly-weds had sought security
Inter-caste marriage: Couple murdered in Jalandhar village
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 14
This is what they feared the most. Despite filing a writ in Punjab and Haryana High Court for security, a couple — Ashwani Kumar and Baljeet Kaur — were murdered by the girl’s relatives — a punishment for marrying against her family’s wishes.

Ashwani, a Valmiki, and Baljeet, a Jat, belonged to Rauli village falling under Mehatpur police station. Baljeet’s father and brothers first abducted them and then ruthlessly murdered them as a punishment for marrying outside caste.

The couple had expressed fear for their lives after their marriage and had filed a writ in Punjab and Haryana High Court, which in turn directed the police to provide security.

Admitting this, Nakodar DSP Kulwinder Singh told The Tribune that the police had sent “parwana” thrice to the couple and the boy’s father Harbans Lal at the address given in the writ petition. However, they did not contact the police to get the security.

At the same time, he said the police had called upon the girl’s father, Kartar Singh Nihang, who assured them that they would not harm the couple.

The couple had eloped two months ago and had got married one-and-a-half months ago. After that, they had rented an accommodation in Kangna village, falling under Shahkot police station.

However, the girl’s father, her brothers Satnam Singh and Joginder Singh, managed to get their present address after which they abducted the couple along with some of their associates on Friday evening.

Baljeet Kaur informed her father-in-law about the kidnapping over his mobile, who in turn informed the Mehatpur police station. Subsequently, Shahkot DSP Diljinder Singh Dhillon nabbed Kartar Singh Nihang and Joginder Singh from Ferozepur district after tracing them through their mobile network on Saturday night.

During preliminary interrogation, the accused admitted that they had killed the couple by chopping off their legs and hands after poisoning them. Following this, they disposed of the bodies in Beas near Talwandi Chaudhariya in Kapurthala district. The police recovered the girl’s body on Sunday evening. However, Ashwani’s body could not be recovered till the filing of this report. The police also nabbed Kamaljeet, a Valmiki, of Noorpur Chatha village for helping Nihang and his associates in the crime.

Meanwhile, state president of Pendu Mazdoor Union Tarsem Peter alleged that the couple had been killed due to negligence of the district police. He said had the couple been provided security, they would have not been murdered.



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