IT HAS been nine months since the deceased Kuljeet Singh and Surinder Kaur married their eldest daughter to a Mehamadpur resident. The family was happy as the marriage of their second daughter was also about to be finalised in the same family, but it was not to be. Dayalpur Sodhian, which is normally a lively village, was quiet and most of the residents did not cook food on Sunday night after the tragic incident which took the lives of three persons and left two seriously injured. The bodies of Kuljeet Singh, his wife Surinder Kaur and their daughter Nanhi were cremated on Monday, while the condition of their other two daughters, Paramjeet Kaur and Harpreet Kaur, is still serious. They are both admitted at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh.
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Kuljeet’s son-in-law Satwinder Singh, who was present outside the house where the incident took place, said that his mother-in-law had just come to visit him on Sunday morning as his wife was not well. That very evening, they got a call from their relatives in the village about the tragic incident.
“She was at my home as my wife was not well. We asked her to stay there, but she refused as she wanted to return home. She left at around 3 in the afternoon, and in the late evening we got a call that the incident had happened,” said Satwinder Singh, who works with a private doctor in Derabassi.
Jagtar Singh, another relative of the deceased, said that Kuljeet Singh and Surinder Kaur had four daughters and only one was married, while the others were still studying. He said that both Kuljeet and Surinder Kaur were working hard to give a good education to their daughters.
“Their oldest daughter was married to my nephew and we were also looking for a match for my son with their other daughter. Everything has finished for us, we were planning the marriage for their other daughter,” said Jagtar Singh.
The police said that the fire was caused by a short circuit in a wire. The police have initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).