Cop’s wife set afire by fa­ther-in-law, dies

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HINDUSTANTIMES HTPUNJAB - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

TARN TARAN: Po­lice have booked an 80-year-old man for al­legedly set­ting his daugh­ter-in-law afire at Burj Poohla vil­lage, 30 km from the district head­quar­ters.

Har­jin­der Kaur, 45, wife of a con­sta­ble with the In­dian Re­serve Bat­tal­ion po­lice, re­ceived 85% burns and suc­cumbed to her in­juries at an Am­rit­sar hospi­tal on Thurs­day.

In her state­ment at the Patti civil hospi­tal, the vic­tim said her hus­band Gur­sahib Singh is posted in Am­rit­sar and she had been liv­ing with her fa­ther-in­law Ar­jun Singh and two chil­dren.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ing, a mi­nor quar­rel en­sued between her and the ac­cused over some do­mes­tic is­sue.

“In the af­ter­noon, I was alone in the court­yard of the house, when he came, poured petrol and set me afire,” the wo­man said.

The vic­tim fell un­con­scious and was rushed to hospi­tal by the neigh­bours.

Ow­ing to her se­vere burn in­juries, the doc­tors re­ferred her to an Am­rit­sar hospi­tal, said sub-in­spec­tor Surinder­pal Singh of Harike po­lice sta­tion.

“We have added Sec­tion 302 (pun­ish­ment for mur­der) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC) in the case against the ac­cused, who is ab­scond­ing,” the sub-in­spec­tor in­formed. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the case are on, the of­fi­cial said.

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