Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, February 28
A cold-blooded murder sent shockwaves across the district after a man killed his wife in a broad daylight.
The deceased has been identified as Asha Rani (50). The incident took place in Mahilpur, Hoshiarpur, on Sunday. The accused, Hardeep Kumar (53), forcefully entered his in-laws’ house and attacked his wife with a sharp-edged weapon (kirpan). The police said even parents (Bishan Lal and Darshana Rani) of the deceased were grievously injured in the melee.
According to sources, Hardeep had an extra-marital affair and it led to a matrimonial dispute. Owing to an abusive relationship, Asha was residing at her father’s house at Bhagora village.
Around 10.30 am on Sunday, the accused first entered the house and after a minor argument, he took out the sword and attacked his wife multiple times. With the same weapon, he reportedly tried to kill his in-laws, who came to rescue their daughter.
After hearing the screams of the family, a woman from neighbourhood came to their rescue, but Hardeep chased her away.
Somehow, the woman managed to call for help and in no time, locals got hold of the accused and rushed Asha and her parents to the Civil Hospital. Garshankar SSP Tushar Gupta along with Mahilpur SHO Satwinder Singh Dhaliwal reached the spot and arrested the accused.
Dr Manpreet Bains of the Mahilpur Civil Hospital declared Asha brought dead and referred her parents to Hoshiarpur.
Vijay Kumar, brother of the deceased, said the accused had an extra-marital affair and due to this he had a discord with his sister. On February 9, Hardeep assaulted my sister, said Vijay. A case under Sections 307, 323, 325 and 506 of the IPC had been registered against the accused at Sadar Phagwara police station. “Due to the police inaction, Hardeep could not be arrested earlier and my sister lost her life,” said Vijay.
The SHO said the accused was being treated for the injuries he received during the incident.
A case under Sections 302 and 307 of the IPC has been registered against Hardeep.
The deceased have three sons who reside abroad and the accused is an employee of Indian Railways.
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