Pakistan: In a major development, the police revealed that the killing of 25-year-old Sikh man in Peshawar was a “contract killing” organised by his fiancée as she did not want to marry him. Meanwhile, the fiancée has been arrested by the police.
Parvinder Singh was shot dead by an unidentified gunmen on Saturday, weeks before his marriage which was scheduled to be held in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on January 28. His killing raised a lot of condemnation all over, including India, demanding an exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of the crime.
The police said that case of Singh had been cracked and the 18-year-old fiancée Prem Kumari has been arrested for alleged involvement in plotting the crime. A senior security official told media on Thursday that it was a contract killing by Prem who did not want to marry Singh, a resident of the remote Shangla district of the province.
The official also added that she had promised the hitmen Rs 7 lakh for the murder. Meanwhile, a part of the committed money was paid in advance while the rest had to be paid after the crime.
The investigation team cracked the case in four days under the leadership of Peshawar’s capital city police officer. The officials from other investigative and intelligence agencies also assisted and provided some valuable clues, police said.
In its initial report, the police said that Singh and Prem loved each other, they were engaged with their consent and both had started the preparations for their marriage. However, the fiancée befriended a Muslim youth who happened to be her friend’s brother.
According to the information, Prem called Singh to Mardan and took him to a home where Prem’s friend killed Singh with other accomplices. Afterwards, the killers shifted the body from Mardan to Peshawar and threw it in the open field near Chamakani, a rural area of Peshawar district. The police found the body on January 5.
Also, Prem had agreed to convert to marry the Muslim friend. Meanwhile, the police is still trying to arrest the other accused. As per report, Prem’s family lives in Mohalla Sherdad Abad in Mardan district. Prem’s father is a Hindu and her mother is a Sikh. She returned to Pakistan after working in Malaysia for six years. The crime took place a day after a mob attacked Gurdwara Janam Asthan Nankana Sahib. Likewise, India strongly condemned the “targeted killing” of the minority Sikh community member in Peshawar.