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‘Girl’s body in my house,’ accused told victim’s kin

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Tanda Urmar, October 24

Surjit Singh, one of the accused in the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl at Jalalpur village in Tanda, had himself informed the victim's family that her body was lying in his cattle shed.

Surjit, 90, and his grandson Surpreet Singh, 20, were arrested for the minor's murder after her half-burnt body was found on their premises. The Hoshiarpur police are investigating various aspects and are set to submit a challan in the court within a week. As the two-day police remand of the accused ended today, the two were produced in the court, which extended their custody by three days.

Family worked for accused

  • The victim's father and his elder daughters used to work for the accused two-three years ago, but left the work a year-and-a-half ago
  • Accused's kin claim Surpreet Singh was not mentally stable and was undergoing treatment. The victim's father, however, rejected the claim
  • The two accused were produced in a local court, which extended their police custody by three days

The police have retrieved the CCTV footage from the village purportedly showing Surpreet carrying the victim. Surpreet was accused of taking the victim from her home on the pretext of giving her biscuits. The victim's father has told the police around 5 pm on the day of the crime, when the victim's family was looking for her, Surjit came to them claiming her body was lying in his cattle shed and that she was set on fire. When the family reached the scene, they found the charred body on a hayrack.

The victim's sister claimed Surpreet frequented their house on one pretext or the other. They had objected to this, but to no avail. On the day of the crime, Surpreet had visited their house in the morning, saying he wanted to meet the girl. Her parents asked him to leave and went off to work. On returning home in the evening, they failed to find her. The victim's sibling told them that Surpreet had taken her away.

Amid anger among villagers, the family of the accused has left the house. Sukhwinder Singh, a resident, told The Tribune the accused's family had been claiming earlier that Surpreet was not mentally stable and that he was undergoing treatment for the same. The victim's father, however, rejected the claim, saying had Surpreet been mentally unstable, he would have harmed his own family first. Sukhwinder said the victim's father and his elder daughters used to work for the accused two-three years ago, but they left work a year-and-a-half ago. SSP Navjot Singh Mahal said the police were preparing the challan, which was expected to be presented in the court within a week.

Meanwhile, Minister for Industries and Commerce Sunder Sham Arora met the victim's family this evening. He handed over five fixed deposits worth Rs 50,000 each to the father in the name of his five daughters. He also announced a five marla residential plot for the family in the village besides promising funds for the construction of a house. Union Minister of State for Industries Som Parkash also visited the family and promised all help by the Centre.



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