The Hush Post: A man who was already on death row for murdering his wife’s six relatives in 2012, was awarded death penalty on Tuesday in a case much about the same where he killed four members of a family by pushing them into the Sirhind Canal in 2004.
A CBI court convicted 45-year-old Khushwinder Singh resident of Suhavi village in Fatehgarh Sahib, under Sections 302 (murder), 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder) and 201 (causing the disappearance of evidence of offence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The prosecution had argued that Khushwinder, who worked as a typist outside a court killed Kulwant Singh, his wife, and two children to lay his hands on Rs 28 lakh that the latter had received after the sale of a farmland.
On June 4, 2004, Kulwant, 40, his wife Harjit Kaur, 38, their daughter Ramandeep Kaur, 15 and son Avrinder Singh, 14, had disappeared under mysterious circumstances from their house at Sanghol town in Fatehgarh Sahib.
Kulwant used to run a rice mill and also worked as a commission agent. He had sold his land and was to visit a gurdwara at Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh. However, his car was recovered from the outskirts of Suhavi village near the house of accused, whose elder brother Kulwinder Singh worked as an accountant for Kulwant.
Later, the police had recovered Kulwant’s shoes from the canal. Eventually, the bodies of Kulwant and his daughter were recovered, but his wife and son could not be traced.
As the cops remained clueless, the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2007 handed over the probe to CBI on the petition of the deceased’s brother, Kultar Singh.
In July 2012, Khushwinder was arrested for the murder of his wife’s six relatives. That is when he also accepted to have killed Kulwant and his family. It was after this confession that the CBI reopened the case.