Chandigarh: Even as the gruesome murder of Shraddha Walkar by her boyfriend Aftab Poonawala at Chhatarpur, Delhi has taken the prime time space and headlines across media in India, another broad daylight killing of a 39-year-old woman in Bathinda shook Punjab. The similarity of this incident can be drawn to that of Shraddha’s murder since in this particular case too, the victim was in a live-in relationship with her killer.
Strange though interesting is the fact that she was in a live-in relationship with her nephew from her late husband’s side. The boy used to live with his maternal uncle and his wife (the victim). However, the husband of the victim died of a prolonged illness. That is when the boy and the aunt developed a platonic relationship and started to live as live-in partners till they had a falling out.
The incident took place on Friday afternoon near District Court Complex in Bathinda. Sources in the police say, “It all seems to be a result of the victim having broken her ties with the accused for the second time. That is when the accused along with another man confronted her and fired three bullets at her and made a vanishing act.”
The accused named Sukhpal Singh aka Surinder Singh has been arrested and an FIR (First Information Report) has been registered against him under Section 302 of the IPC Indian Penal Code. Deputy Superintendent of Police DSP (Investigations) Davinder Gill said, “Yes, the woman in question was in a live-in relationship with her nephew. They had a falling out in between but had again started living together. However, this time around, the woman walked out once more of the boy’s life which probably infuriated him and he killed her.”
The police were able to nab the culprit after they saw a tattoo of the accused’s face on the victim’s arm and thus were able to recognize him with the help of the victim’s family.
The victim, a resident of Kot Shamir in Bathinda was standing and talking to some acquaintances near the District Court Complex. That’s when two men came riding a motorbike and started a heated argument with her. One of the accused Sukhpal Singh fired three bullets two of which pierced the victim’s chest.
The victim immediately ran towards a traffic cop who along with some passersby took her to the Civil Hospital where she breathed her last. The hospital authorities said that the victim was already dead when she was brought to the hospital.