Patiala Mayor, two others booked for woman’s murder

The police on Saturday booked Patiala Mayor Jaspal Singh Pardhan and two others for the alleged murder of a woman whose body was found hanging at her residence near Shani Mandir early on Saturday.

The police registered a case of murder against Mayor Jaspal Singh Pardhan, Paramjeet Kaur and Harpreet Singh in connection with the death of Harpreet's wife Parampreet Kaur (28). A case under various sections of the IPC, including 302 (murder) has been registered at Kotwali police station, a police spokesman said.

Incidentally, the police FIR, based on the statement given by the deceased's family members mentions Paramjeet Kaur and Harpreet as Mayor's wife and son respectively. The victim's family claims Paramjeet is mayor's second wife and Harpreet was born to her.

However, the Mayor rubbished the allegation saying Paramjeet is wife of his friend Tarlochan Singh and that the victim was their daughter-in-law.

"She was the daughter-in-law of my family friends whom we have known for the past four decades. I have been taking care of that family. My name is being dragged in the case by my political rivals. I have already demanded a thorough probe into the case," Pardhan said.

According to sources, the victim Parampreet, mother of two children - a 6-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son - was found dead on Saturday at her residence near Shani Mandir around 10.30 am. However, her family members alleged that she had been murdered by her in-laws and husband, who were harassing her for dowry.

Victim's uncle, Jaspinder Singh, talking to the Newsline said, "My niece was being harassed by the Mayor, his wife Paramjeet and son Harpreet for dowry. They would often beat her."

Meanwhile, the police said the victim's family also produced photographs showing the mayor solemnising the wedding of Parampreet and Harpreet as latter's father. They also submitted the voters' list of the area, where the Mayor is enlisted as a voter from Paramjeet Kaur's residence.

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