Bathinda: Police are in a fix over the role of the bereaved mother whose two children were killed in a ‘purification’ process launched by their grandmother in assistance with her son at Kotfatta village on Bathinda district on Wednesday night.
The prime accused Nirmal Kaur (55) and her son Kulwinder Singh (32) were arrested on Wednesday night immediate after the police found the two children lying dead on the floor of their house with bruises and burn marks quite visible on their bodies. The police also got suspicious over the role of their mother Amarjit Kaur aka Rozy, as she was also present in the house. Though Rozy claimed that she was overpowered, assaulted and locked in a room to keep her away during the process, the investigation officials opted not to buy her words unless it was properly. However, the development created a split in the village, with one group suspecting her role in the crime and the other laying seize Kotfatta police station with a claim that she was being implicated and harassed for no reason.
Inspecting the place of occurrence, the police officials on Thursday suspected that the kids, aged three and five years, were not only beaten up with hot tong (chimta) but were also given direct electric shocks as one of switch boards was dislocated and bare wires were visible there. A power inverter was also lying there, which the police also suspected to be used in the crime. Some pieces of tube rods were also spotted in the mouths of the deceased children.
Villagers claimed that Nirmal Kaur was a quarrelsome woman and for past some time she was claiming that the soul of Sheshnaga, the five headed divine snake which forms a coiled seat for Lord Vishnu to rest on, had entered her and that the locals should worship her.
Residents in the village claimed that they were hearing the cries of the children for past some days but never dared to enter the house as the woman was disliked by many for her deeds. But on Wednesday night, when the cries were too high pitched, they opted to call the police. A section also claimed that they got suspicious as their mother Rozy was also shouting loud for help with also banging a door inside the house.
According to villagers, Nirmal Kaur was not having good terms with her husband Mukhtiar Singh for the past some time. She was suspecting the presence of some demons in her grandchildren and blaming it for all evils in the family. It is learnt that Nirmal’s sister was suffering from a deadly disease and further her daughter was not having any issue. Claiming herself to possess supernatural powers, she wanted to cure all the problems and for that, she had word with some tantriks who suggested her to take this heinous step.
While collecting details from the village, it was also learnt that irked of Nirmal Kaur’s gesture, in which she had made her son partner, Mukhtiar Singh on Wednesday brought a group of Tantriks from Deon village but before they all could check her, she had the committed crime.
Amarjit Kaur, in her police statement, claimed that her mother-in-law had done brainwash of her son Kulwinder and believing that nothing would go wrong he got involved in the operation of torturing children with electric shocks. He was promised by his mother to bring back the children to life if they die in the process.