Man who set six of family on fire caught,says ‘personal enmity’

Three days after he set a family on fire killing three women and critically injuring three others at Jattanwali village,Lakhvinder Pal Singh,the main accused in the case,was arrested Saturday from Ambala.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ferozpur | Updated: April 14, 2014 2:34:34 pm

Three days after he set a family on fire killing three women and critically injuring three others at Jattanwali village,Lakhvinder Pal Singh,the main accused in the case,was arrested Saturday from Ambala. His accomplice,Mohan Lal,was arrested late Friday from Mallanwala area in Ferozepur while another accused,Mandeep Kumar,is still absconding.

“Lakhvinder has confessed to the c rime and told the police officials that he had a personal enmity with the family. More details will be revealed during police investigations,” SSP Varinderpal Singh said.

Lakhwinder had on May 16 poured petrol on six persons and set them on fire. Lakhwinder was booked on the statement of Balwant Singh,the owner of the house,who himself had sustained 70 per cent burns while his mother Bachan Kaur and two daughters,Jasbir and Satbir,were burnt alive. Jasbir had got engaged a few days ago and the family was making arrangements for her wedding.

“Some country liquor in possession of Lakhwinder was seized by the police on the complaint of Balwant Singh about two years back. Since then,he was nursing a grudge against the family.

“He had even shifted to Sultanpur Lodhi after the incident but used to visit the village off and on,” SSP Varinderpal Singh said.

As per the statement given by Lakhwinder,he had come to the village on Lohri day and had a fight with Balwant Singh and his family. It was then that hatched the plan to kill them.

The SSP said several police teams were formed to nab the accused. Mohan Lal,who was arrested Friday,told the police that Lakhwinder may have gone to Rajasthan or Mathura. So police parties were deputed at Delhi,Mathura and Ambala.

The Mathura police had later informed the Punjab Police that that Lakhwinder had boarded a train towards Ambala,following which he was nabbed at the railway station by Ferozepur police team.

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