A man whose advances were refused by a married pregnant woman has shot dead the woman in anger at a wedding ceremony.
A 25-year-old woman was killed in celebratory firing during a wedding in Punjab’s Bathinda on Saturday evening, the police said. Kulwinder Kaur, who was pregnant, was shot in the stomach while performing on stage. She died on the spot.
The woman’s husband Harjinder Singh claimed the wife was shot by Billa, a friend of the groom, who has been disturbing the wife with love advances. “They had been asking her to get off the stage and join them… but she refused… so they shot her,” he said.
The woman before her death was part of a four-member dance troupe from Bathinda who had come to perform at a wedding in Maur Mandi town. The video of the incident has since gone viral online.
The police, however, maintain that it was a case of celebratory firing gone wrong. “Details will be out after postmortem,” said Daljit Singh, a police officer.
A hunt is on for Billa, who fled after the incident. A case of murder has been registered against him.
Eyewitnesses agree with the police. The dancers, they say were performing on stage when the celebratory firing began. A bullet fired by Billa got stuck in his double-barrelled gun and while he tried to unlock it, it had hit Kulwinder, they said.
Kulwinder’s body was sent to the civil hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.