Punjab Honour Killing Case: Couple Found Dead At Village Crossroad, Accused Arrested

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Punjab honour killing: A man and a woman were allegedly killed and their bodies were thrown at a village crossroad on October 17, Sunday. The deceased man’s family later refused to remove his body, alleging that the woman’s family committed the crime as an act of “honour killing”.

The incident took place at the Sappanwali village of Abohar, Fazilka district in Punjab, where the bodies of a man and woman were found at the village’s crossroad. For nearly six hours, the bodies lay in the middle of the village square. The deceased man’s family resisted as the corpses were lifted for post mortem. They said that until a case is registered against the deceased woman’s kin, they will not allow the body to be taken to the hospital.

According to media reports, the deceased man belonged to the Scheduled Caste and the deceased woman to the Other Backward Classes (OBC).

Afterwards, senior police officers reached the spot and preliminary investigation suggested that Rohtash Kumar, 25-year-old and Suman Rani Kamno, the deceased, were friends and from the same village. Kumar belonged to a local gardener’s family.

Both their families allegedly opposed their alliance. According to the police, the couple had eloped on September 28 and reportedly got married on October 1 in Chandigarh, which is 302  kilometers away from the village.

According to Kumar’s family, the couple returned to stay with the man’s sister at Rohta village near Moga. This information got to Kamno’s parents. Kumar’s brother, Vikram Kumar alleged that the Kamno’s kins brought the couple from Rohta to Sappanwali village and then allegedly killed the boy by slitting his throat and strangulated the woman.

The Senior Superintendent of Police, Moga, SS Mand said that they got information that the boy and girl were kidnapped from the boy’s sister house. On basis of this information given to police by the deceased man’s brother-in-law, a case of murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy was registered against the alleged accused, who were eventually arrested.

This incident and the bodies at the village square caused panic among the people, who closed their shops and gathered at the site.

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