the Indian family felt that Jaspreet had brought shame upon them.
Three members of an Indian family have been arrested for murdering a 19-year-old woman and later cremating her in secrecy.
Police in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, registered a case against two other people who remain on the run.
On April 28, 2020, police said they have arrested the deceased’s mother Balwinder Kaur, uncle Satyadev and cousin Gurdeep Singh, who is a police officer in the Chief Minister’s security wing.
Another cousin named Shivraj and his associate Lala remain on the run.
It revealed that they killed Jaspreet Kaur as they did not approve of her love affair.
The matter came to light on April 22 when Balwinder filed a missing persons’ report, claiming that her daughter Jaspreet left the home without notice.
She also said that she suspected a young man named Amanpreet Singh was responsible for her disappearance.
A day later, Balwinder told police that her daughter brought back home after being found near Garshankar Railway Station.
In the early hours of April 26, police received a tip-off about a cremation.
Station House Officer Iqbal Singh and a police team rushed to the scene. They put out the fire and collected the remains.
An investigation was launched and they identified the victim as Jaspreet.
It was revealed that she had been in a relationship with Amanpreet and had gone to his house on April 22. Her family, who did not approve, forced her to return home.
According to police, the Indian family felt that Jaspreet had brought shame upon them.
SHO Singh explained that they gave her sleeping pills. When she went unconscious, the family strangled her to death. They then cremated her in a bid to get rid of the body.
Three family members were arrested and they later admitted to their crime.
SHO Singh said:
“The deceased’s mother, uncle and cousin have confessed their crime.
“Balwinder gave sleeping pills to her daughter on the intervening night of April 25 and 26.”
“One of the accused Shivraj and his accomplice Lala later strangulated her when she was asleep. The accused Satyadev, Gurdeep and others cremated the body after she passed away.
Shivraj and Lala have gone on the run and police are working to locate their whereabouts.
The incident has led to the police being criticised as it took place during the curfew. Officers have not commented on how the incident happened when the district was under curfew.