Patiala ‘murder’: Mayor resigns but not arrested

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Sodhi added that he insisted on taking Parampreet to the hospital and gathered a few neighbours to help him move her to the hospital. "All this while I was carrying her head in my lap and I knew that she was not alive. We reached the Rajindra Hospital and asked the doctor to try and revive her. Then I saw that she had strangulation marks on her neck and chest. The doctors put her on oxygen and tried to revive the heart but it was too late," he said. "In the hospital Pardhan arrived after us and started fighting with us. He even beat up my brother."

Sources say the post-mortem report points towards the victim having been strangled to death. Traces of poison too have been found in the blood.

The team also questioned the two accused arrested in the case. However, the team is tightlipped about its findings. It is not clear if the team will also be probing the alleged "relationship" between Pardhan and Paramjeet Kaur. The FIR lodged by Patiala police mentioned Pardhan as the father-in-law of the deceased and Paramjeet as the mother-in-law and Harpreet Singh as Pardhan's son.

Parampreet Kaur had married Harpreet Singh nine years ago and had two children, a six-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son. Her mother had died six months after her marriage. Her family alleged that Harpreet and his mother used to torture her and finally murdered her.

"All through the nine years of my daughter's marriage, Paramjit Kaur and Harpreet would extract something valuable from her. They would start saying that they had lost a gold chain or a ring and ask her to get it from us. Till a year ago, Harpreet's sister was also living in the same house. She would blame my daughter for thieving things and then these would be extracted from us," added Sodhi.

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