In a suspected case of honour killing, a woman was murdered in Mari Buchian village in Batala, allegedly by her own family members.
The village falls under Punjab’s Gurdaspur revenue district.
According to Batala police, the deceased, Nargis (22), and her husband Ravi (25) had married against the wishes of Nargis’s family a year-and-a-half back.
Batala Superintendent of Police, Pardeep Malik, said that while Nargis was a Mazhabi Sikh, Ravi was a Christian.
Police have booked the victim’s father, Heera Singh, her four brothers — Pinka, Jeena, Pala and Ranga, her cousins Kullu and Kala in the case. Apart from them, Bobby, a resident of Thikriwal Ucha village, and one Heera, resident of Fatta Kulla village in Hoshiarpur district, have also been named in the FIR along with three to four unidentified accused. SP Malik said the assailants attacked at a time when Nargis was alone at home, while Ravi — along with his sister and father — was out working in the paddy fields. He added that Nargis was overpowered by the accused, who attacked her with sharp-edged weapons.
Police have formed different teams to hunt down the accused. While raids were on, no arrest had been made till the time of filing of this report. After their marriage, Ravi and Nargis had moved to Jalandhar. They had only returned to the village a fortnight ago.