Father shoots daughter and boyfriend in Punjab

Hindustan times20 August 2010

Chand Purana, Aug. 20 -- In a suspected case of honour killing in Punjab's Moga district, a teenager and her boyfriend were shot dead by the girl's father. The incident occurred early on Thursday, when accused Jagtar Singh found Harjinder Singh in his daughter Lovepreet's room. Harjinder, a 22-year-old student of Industrial Training Institute, is reportedly a Dalit, while 17-year-old Lovepreet belongs to the Jat Sikh community. The two had been together for the past several months.

Moga district Police Chief Snehdeep Sharma confirmed the incident to Hindustan Times.

Investigation officer of the case Partap Singh said, "Lovepreet's father could not control his anger on seeing some unknown man in his daughter's room.

He brought out his pistol and fired at them. On hearing the shots, Harjinder's brother, who was waiting outside, rushed in to intervene, but he too sustained a bullet injury in the thigh. He has been admitted in the hospital."

Singh said it could be a case of honour killing, but it was too early to confirm as investigation was still on. Jagtar Singh is on the run, he said, adding that the police was raiding various places to arrest him.

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