‘Forced’ engagement drove Amritbir to kill 4 of his family

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Old 14-Aug-2010
‘Forced’ engagement drove Amritbir to kill 4 of his family

Patiala/Nabha, August 13

It was love for a glamorous lifestyle and differences with his family that forced 24-year-old Amritbir Singh to go to such an extent that he brutally murdered all four members of the family, including his grandfather, father, mother and teenaged sister at their Preet Vihar residence in Nabha yesterday morning. Giving this information, Patiala SSP Ranbir Singh Khatra said that perturbed with his ‘forced’ engagement three weeks ago, he decided to eliminate his parents.

Notably, the news of murder of Hameer Singh, his son Iqbal Singh, Iqbal’s wife Jaswinder Kaur (50) and their daughter Gurjagjeet Kaur left the entire Preet Vihar colony shocked yesterday. However, the Patiala district police managed to crack the case within 12 hours. According to the cops, when Amritbir narrated the sequence of incidents that took place after he left home yesterday morning, they got suspicious. The cops also said that Amritbir wanted to live a lavish life and he used to have frequent quarrels with his family.

After the cremation of the deceased, the cops started questioning Amritbir, as he was the main suspect in the case. During the questioning, Amritbir confessed his crime. “Amritbir said he wanted to marry his beloved but his family forcibly fixed his marriage with some other girl. Since the engagement day, Amritbir was feeling frustrated,” said Khatra. The SSP further said that Amritbir was pursuing MCA from a private institute and was taking tuitions at Patiala.

Giving the details of the incident, Khatra said, “Yesterday morning, Amritbir asked for a car and money from his father Iqbal Singh. Since, Amritbir’s father refused his son’s demand, Amritbir got agitated and shot his father with his licenced revolver.

Later, he took out a .12-bore licenced rifle and went on a killing spree by murdering his mother, Jaswinder, in the kitchen and grandfather, Hameer Singh, who was sleeping in a room on the first floor.

“When Amritbir’s sister Gurjagjeet tried to stop him, he attacked her with an iron rod and subsequently shot her dead. He then took out jewellery and cash from the house and put these in the overhead water tank along with the rifle. After committing the crime, he took a bus to Patiala and threw his revolver in the Bhakhra Canal,” said police officials. The cops further said that the police was trying to recover the revolver with the help of divers. Meanwhile, Amritbir was presented in the Nabha court, and has been sent to police remand till August 16.

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