Mishap that wasn’t: Man held for killing 7 of family
The incidence of a car purportedly falling into Gang Canal near Jandwala Mirasangla village on September 26 resulting in the death of seven members of a family turned out to be a cold-blooded murder by Balwinder Singh (40) of Alamshah village in Fazilka district. However, the truth came to fore in a week.
Balwinder, who nursed a grudge against his family members, brainstormed for over two months to make the murder look like an accident.
Camouflaging his intentions, he motivated the victims to visit a child faith healer and seek his blessings. He conducted a recce of the site twice.
The victims included his minor physically challenged son, mother and brother.
According to Fazilka DSP Jagdish Kumar, accused Balwinder Singh, who is currently unemployed and earlier worked with wine contractors in Rajasthan, was allegedly tied and thrashed by his family members, including mother and brother, two months ago as he used to drink excessively, indulged in “satta” and stole money from the house.
Balwinder Singh was married twice. His first wife had died and he had estranged relationship with his second wife, who had also left him allegedly due to his bad habits.
Since then, Balwinder held a grudge and resolved to avenge by killing all family members.
He took his kin to the faith healer at Achariki village in Abohar subdivision twice. He stopped at the site of incident during these visits on one pretext or the other.
In his final plan, he took all seven family members, including mother Swaran Kaur (65), son Lakhwinder Singh (15), brother Surinder Singh (33), Surinder Singh’s wife Kulwinder Kaur (30), their daughters Seema (6) and Sona (2) and son Sajan (4).
According to the DSP, Balwinder said he removed the glass of the driver side window before leaving for the journey to save himself from drowning.
After committing the crime, he made a hue and cry to pass it off as an accident. After the incident, he falsely told the police that his brother Surinder Singh was driving the car and the steering wheel got stuck, resulting in the accident. Actually, he himself was driving the car.
In-laws of his brother Surinder Singh lodged a complaint, suspecting foul play and demanding a thorough probe into the incident.
The police interrogated Balwinder Singh, who confessed to have committed the crime. The police which had earlier registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPC (unnatural death) has now booked Balwinder Singh under Section 302. The car involved in the crime had already been impounded.