4 of drug smug­glers’ fam­ily, driver hacked to death in Tarn Taran

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE - Anil Sharma anil.ku­mar@htlive.com

›The bod­ies were found in five sep­a­rate rooms of the house. The ac­cused, how­ever, did not harm the four chil­dren of the fam­ily.

JAGJIT SINGH WALIA, SP

KAIRON (TARN TARAN): Four mem­bers of a fam­ily in­volved in drug smug­gling and their driver were hacked to death by some uniden­ti­fied per­sons at their house in Kairon vil­lage in Patti sub-divi­sion of Tarn Taran in the wee hours of Thurs­day.

Tarn Taran is the worst drughit district in the state.

The de­ceased were iden­ti­fied as Brij Lal, alias Dhattu, 60, his son Daljit Singh, alias Bunty, 25, two daugh­ters-in-law Aman­deep Kaur, 24, and Jaspreet Kaur, 28, and Gur­sahib Singh, alias Sabha, 35, the driver.

Po­lice said Lal and his four drug addict sons had been in­volved in ped­dling in the area and have nearly 50 cases reg­is­tered against them. Lal’s wife Ranjit Kaur, who died on May 22 this year in Am­rit­sar cen­tral jail, was also ar­rested three months ago in a drug case. Lal’s two sons Paramjit Singh, alias Pumma, 24, and Bak­shish Singh, alias Sonu, 30 have been un­der­go­ing treat­ment at a drug de-ad­dic­tion cen­tre in the district for the last one month, said po­lice.

The bod­ies were found ly­ing in pools of blood in five sep­a­rate rooms of the house. All vic­tims were at­tacked in the neck with sharp-edged weapons, said cops. They sus­pect the role of more than five ac­cused in the killings.

The ac­cused, how­ever, did not harm the four chil­dren of the fam­ily --- Aman­deep’s two daugh­ters, Pari, 5, and Jas­meet, 2, and Jaspreet’s son Amar­jit Singh,5, and daugh­ter Khushi, 1. They were sleep­ing with their moth­ers at the time of the in­ci­dent, said po­lice

The killings came to light at 7 am when Pari rushed to her neigh­bour’s house and told them about the in­ci­dent. SSP Dhruv Dahiya and SP (in­ves­ti­ga­tion) Jagjit Singh Walia were sub­se­quently in­formed and they reached the spot.

“I got a call from the po­lice around 7:30 am. When I reached the house, I found around 1 kg gold jew­ellery and Rs 5 to 7 lakh cash miss­ing,” said Lal’s elder sis­ter Kam­lesh.

Lal’s only daugh­ter, Sarab­jit Kaur, who is mar­ried in Am­rit­sar, said, “On Wed­nes­day, I got a call from Aman­deep and she in­formed me that my brothers Daljit and Gur­jant were fight­ing with their father for money to buy drugs.”

Po­lice have booked Gur­jant and five uniden­ti­fied per­sons un­der IPC sec­tions 302 (mur­der), 450 (house tres­pass), 148 (armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (ev­ery mem­ber of the un­law­ful assem­bly) on the com­plaint of one Nis­han Singh, who said that one of the chil­dren told him that her un­cle (Gur­jant) was ac­com­pa­ny­ing the ac­cused.

SP Walia, how­ever, said Gur­jant’s role was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated and they were try­ing to as­cer­tain the iden­tity of the other ac­cused.

Po­lice at the crime scene at Kairon vil­lage in Patti sub­di­vi­sion of Tarn Taran on Thurs­day. >>RE­LATED RE­PORT ON P6 HT PHOTO

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