"I heard gunshots outside my home."
A love marriage couple were shot dead outside their home in Naushehra Dhala, which is along the India and Pakistan border and near Tarn Taran Sahib, Punjab.
The incident happened at around 8:30 am on September 15, 2019, and the police believe that the girl’s relatives were responsible for committing the double murder.
The victims were identified as 23-year-old Amanpreet Kaur and Amandeep Singh, aged 24. They had been married since 2018.
Police officers have said that Amanpreet’s family members committed the double murder as they did not approve of her love marriage to Amandeep.
The couple were in Jhabal Kalan village and were on their way home when a car stopped in front of them.
Three of Amanpreet’s cousins were in the vehicle and they forced the couple into the car.
They drove to Naushehra Dhala where the couple were attacked with knives and then shot. The suspects threw their bodies out of the vehicle before driving off.
Amandeep’s father, Sukhdev Singh, explained:
“My son got married to Amanpreet Kaur in Punjab and Haryana high court in August 2018.
“On Sunday, they went to the Gurdwara Sahib on a motorcycle. About 8.30am, I heard gunshots outside my home.
“I rushed out to see my son and his wife, lying on the ground in a pool of blood. I also saw a Maruti Suzuki Swift car leaving the spot.”
Sukhdev went on to say that his son died at the scene while his daughter-in-law was taken to hospital where she later died.
Sukhdev accused Amanpreet’s relatives of being responsible for the murders as he stated:
“Three cousin brothers of my daughter-in-law, along with their other relatives, killed the couple.”
The police were informed and they soon arrived at the scene. The bodies of the two victims were sent for a post-mortem.
Tarn Taran DSP Kawaljit Singh said: “Preliminary investigation shows the couple was hacked and then shot. We have booked ten people, including four by name, who are relatives of the dead woman.”
The four suspects were identified as cousins Gurbhinder Singh, Surjit Singh and Harwinder Singh and Amanpreet’s father Amarjit Singh.
According to the Hindustan Times, after Amarjit was taken in for questioning, he claimed:
“The couple was killed by my nephews (brother’s sons) and their accomplices, even as we had accepted the love marriage.”
A case was registered under sections 302 (murder), 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapons) and 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the Indian Penal Code.