Youth kills mother, hurts father over property dispute

A dispute over property forced a youth to allegedly kill his mother and seriously injure his father and brother at Kanya Kalan village on Monday. The accused, 27-year-old Sarabjit Singh, has been arrested and police said he also wanted a share of his father's retirement benefits the old man had recently retired as a tubewell operator in a government department.

The tragic incident has sent shock waves across the region. Police said Sarabjit attacked his parents with a sword at around 4.30 am on Monday killing his mother Kulwant Kaur (55) and leaving his father Santokh Singh (60) with serious head injuries. His elder brother, Bhupinder Singh, who was staying with his parents, sustained minor injuries.

Sarabjit then hit himself on the arm and was admitted at the Civil Hospital in Shahkot. Sources in the hospital said Sarabjit initially told police that his entire family was attacked by a group of people.

It was only when his elder brother informed police of the incident that efforts were made to nab him. Police arrested Sarabjit as he tried to flee from the hospital. SSP (rural) Yurinder Singh said a case under sections 302 and 307 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. The father, who was earlier taken to the Civil Hospital in Shahkot was later shifted to the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar but he may be moved to a private hospital.

According to residents of Kanya Kalan village, Sarabjit, who is married and a carpenter by profession, had been at loggerheads with his family over property. They added that his parents had already divided the property and had given him a share but he allegedly sought more.

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