Jupinderjit Singh, Tribune News Service
Bathinda, May 18. The main accused in the case in which six members of a family were set on fire in Jattawali village did not commit the crime on the spur of the moment but was planning it for over three months. The accused, Lakhwinder, made attempts to commit the crime twice earlier but could not succeed as all the family members were not asleep both the times.
This was revealed by Lakhwinder to the police following his arrest from Ambala this morning. A police team of Ferozepur district nabbed him near the Ambala railway station.
Ferozepur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Varinderpal Singh told The Tribune that the cold-bloodied planning and the way the accused set six sleeping persons on fire suggested how cruel he was. “I have not seen such a ghastly act in my life. The accused did not think twice before setting the aged mother of his enemy Balwant Singh on fire along with others. Such criminals need to be psychoanalysed,” he said.
He said the accused was not remorseful even though the two families had no major enmity. Lakhwinder confessed to the police that he had visited Balwant’s house on Lohri (January 13) this year and had a tiff with him, following which he had decided to kill him and his family.
The SSP said, “When he (Lakhwinder) threw a bucket full of petrol and lighted the match, his hands, too, caught fire.” The police said the role of Lakhwinder’s father and brother was being looked into.
While Balwant’s mother Bachan Kaur (70), daughters Jasbir Kaur (17), and Tasveer Kaur (15) died in the attack, Balwant, his wife Veerpal Kaur and his son Satveer Singh (10) are under treatment.