Chandigarh Police on Tuesday arrested four people and claimed to have solved the case wherein a woman had managed to gain access to the gynaecology ward of PGI and injected one of the patients admitted there with a foreign substance. The police dubbed the case to be that of an attempted honour killing.
Investigators have identified the prime accused in the case as Jaspreet Kaur, 20, who they said administered the injection. Apart from Jaspreet, the other arrested accused were Jasmeet Singh, 22, who is the brother of Harmeet Kaur; Buta Singh, 38, a driver, who is also a distant relative of Jasmeet Singh, and Mandeep Singh, 25, who is a patient care helper.
A team of DSP (central) Gurmukh Singh; SHO of Police Station 11, Malkit Singh; and Sub-Inspector Babita Chauhan arrested the four accused.
A police officer involved in the investigation of the case said that the injection was administered on the direction of victim’s brother, Jasmeet Singh. Police said that Jaspreet had been paid money for injecting Harmeet Kaur with a foreign substance. She was arrested from Sangrur on Monday night, with the remaining three accused being nabbed on Tuesday.
According to the statement given to the police by victim’s sister-in-law, Jatinder Kaur, Harmeet had recently given birth in Banur, Patiala. She was subsequently referred from there to the PGI after her condition deteriorated after delivery. At PGI she was initially admitted to the ICU, before being shifted to the gynaecology ward.
The police officer said, “The victim Harmeet Kaur belongs to the Jat community, while her husband, Gurwinder Singh, is a Rajput. During interrogation, Jasmeet Singh has claimed that his family was unhappy ever since Harmeet married Gurwinder. For a short while, the couple had left the village. However, much to the chagrin of Jasmeet and others, they came back to the village soon after and started living there. Jasmeet’s anger toward teh couple grew when Harmeet gave birth to a child.”
Chandigarh SSP Kanwardeep Kaur said that so far they believed that the case was that of an attempted honour killing.
“Jasmeet wanted to eliminate his sister for having married Gurwinder against the wishes of the family. Our investigations also suggest that the suspect injection vial had been obtained from Rajindra Hospital in Patiala. Jasmeet Singh had hired Jaspreet Kaur, who was provided the injection by Buta Singh and Mandeep Singh. So far, four people have been arrested. The involvement of more people cannot be ruled out at the moment. We are still trying to figure out how much money was paid to Jaspreet Kaur,” the SSP said on Tuesday.
A police officer said, “Jaspreet Kaur, along with another suspect, had been looking at ways to get close to the victim Harmeet Kaur since the morning of November 15. The attendants of many patients have told the police that the suspect woman had made at least half a dozen rounds of the gyne ward.”
While Jaspreet Kaur was produced in the court today and sent to two police remand, the remaining three accused will be produced in court on Wednesday.
On the day of incident Jaspreet Kaur had entered PGI’s gynecology ward by claiming to have been sent by a doctor. She administered the suspect injection to Harmeet and fled from the scene after being questioned by the victim’s sister-in-law Jatinder Kaur.
‘We are being constantly threatened’
The victim’s husband Gurwinder Singh said, “One of my wife’s brothers is settled in the US. We have been receiving constant threats from him on WhatsApp. He has been threatening us by claiming that he could take care of us in India at merely Rs 1 or 2 lakh. I have recorded his calls and will submit it to the police.”
The police, meanwhile, have deputed two security personnel outside the ward where the victim Harmeet Kaur is being treated at PGI.
Security breach being probed
The UT police on Tuesday said they have decided to take up the matter of the security breach at the PGI at an appropriate level. A police officer requesting anonymity said, “The gynaecology ward of any hospital is the most sensitive and vulnerable area. The manner in which a woman in plainclothes simply managed to walk in here, administer an injection and manage to flee is alarming.”