A schoolteacher was shot dead at a wedding function in Batala on Sunday afternoon when she resisted attempts by three youths to molest her. The prime suspect and an accomplice have been arrested while the third escaped, the police said.
Rupinder Kaur, 35, a mother of two, taught at a government school.
The incident took place around 3.30 pm at a function hosted by an NRI family from Canada at Dhindsa Solitaire Garden, a wedding venue located on Batala-Jalandhar road. The police said three youths from Dalla village near Kadian, who were among the guests, were drunk and one of them pulled out a revolver and shot Kaur in the head.
The three were booked on charges of murder and under provisions of Arms Act.
Batala Senior Superintendent of Police Daljinder Singh said Kaur had come to the function with her husband and two children. He said the victim’s husband alleged that the three accused were stalking and harassing her at the function. When Kaur objected to it and confronted them, Parminder Singh pulled out a pistol and shot her in the head, SSP Singh said.
“Parminder’s accomplices, Karamvir Singh and Dilbagh Singh, have also been booked in the case,” he said, adding that Parminder and Karamvir have been arrested, while Dilbag Singh escaped. An FIR was registered on a complaint by the victim’s husband, Sukhdev Singh.
“It is yet not clear whether Parminder Singh, who is 25, has a valid arms licence,” the SSP said. “The two are in custody and are still in an inebriated state. We will interrogate them in the morning.”