A man, apparently unhappy that his daughter married against his wishes, allegedly killed his son-in-law and injured his daughter in Punjab’s Barnala district Saturday morning. He later surrendered at the local police sattain where he regretted that his daughter survived the attack, police said.
Beerpal Kaur (22) of Burjgil village in Bathinda district had eloped with Baljeet Singh (23), an electrician from the same village, in January this year. The couple were living at Hadaiya village in the district ever since.
On Saturday, police said, Baljeet had gone to drop Beerpal, who worked in the Trident group’s Dhaula unit, at the bus stop when they were allegedly attacked by Bhola Singh, the woman’s father, and his accomplice.
During the attack, Beerpal was injured after reportedly being struck with a bat. Baljeet managed to escape his father-in-law’s attack briefly. While running away from the attackers, who were pursuing him, he is said to have tripped and fell on the ground. The attackers then allegedly hit him with a bat and a sharp weapon. By the time help could arrive, Baljeet had died, police said.
Beerpal, meanwhile, was shifted to the civil hospital, which later referred her to Rajindra Hospital in Patiala. DSP Palwinder Singh Cheema, who booked Bhola on murder charges, said the weapons had been recovered but the second man was yet to be arrested.
Cheema said that after Baljeet married Beerpal in court, their families lodged separate missing person’s complaint with the police. “Later, a compromise was reached between the two families and it seemed peaceful,” he said.
Bhura Singh, a tea stall owner close to the bus stop, told police that Bhola Singh had been visiting his shop for the past one month. Singh said Bhola had once left a sword at his shop.
Police sources said Bhola Singh told them that he used to sell cloth in his village but since the day his daughter eloped, he had stopped work and felt insulted. He said he had sworn that he will kill his daughter and son-in-law, the source added.