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‘Honour killing’: Youth under police protection dies

In a suspected honour killing,a 21-year-old boy was allegedly murdered by his in-laws despite the Punjab and Haryana High Court having directed the Sangrur police to protect the couple.

In a suspected honour killing,a 21-year-old boy was allegedly murdered by his in-laws despite the Punjab and Haryana High Court having directed the Sangrur police to protect the couple.

The police have registered an FIR against the relatives of Manjit Kaur,a resident of Ubbawal village,who had married Raja Ram,a resident of Kutta Khana village,in July.

Police said Raja Ram’s body was recovered from the railway tracks near Dinra village two days after he was allegedly kidnapped by his in-laws. “We suspect this to be a case of honour killing,” cops said,adding that the couple was given protection by the court.

Kaur told The Indian Express they had submitted an application in the High Court,fearing threat to their lives from her family. “We had shifted to Sangrur from our village,and despite the cops being directed by the High Court,my husband was kidnapped late on Friday night and later murdered,” she said.

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Hari Singh,the victim’s father,alleged that Manjit’s family members had been threatening to eliminate his son for the past one month. His body was thrown on the tracks to show that it was an accident. “The killers must be hanged,” he said.

The victim’s family members alleged “if the police had played an active role on Friday night,he could have been saved”.

However,Sangrur SHO (city) Rantir Singh claimed they did their best to locate Raja Ram.

“We have registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC against the relatives of Manjit Kaur,and those named include her uncles Gagandeep Singh,Gurjant and Satpal Singh,” he said.