Punjab: Woman shot dead for consuming alcohol in Patiala gurdwara complex


A woman was shot dead for allegedly consuming liquor on the premises of a gurdwara here, police said on Monday.

The accused, who has been arrested, said he committed the act in a fit of anger as his religious sentiments were hurt, police said.

Parwinder Kaur, in her late 30s, was allegedly consuming liquor near the sarovar (holy pond) of Dukh Niwaran Sahib gurdwara on Sunday.

Nirmaljit Singh Saini, a regular visitor to the gurdwara shot at Kaur multiple times using his licenced revolver, Patiala Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Varun Sharma said.

Saini, a property dealer with no previous criminal records, told gurdwara officials that he was upset over the incidents of sacrilege, including the recent one at Morinda gurdwara, police said.

“Parwinder Kaur was having liquor near the sarovar of gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib. When the sangat noticed this, they decided to take her to the managers office,” Sharma said.

As Kaur, who had alcohol addiction, emerged from the gurdwara managers room accompanied by police personnel, she was fired at by Saini, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) officials said.

They said the man surrendered before police voluntarily and handed over his weapon to them.

“Saini fired five rounds at the woman with his 32-bore licenced revolver,” police said in an official statement.

The SSP said three bullets hit Kaur and she died on the spot.

Police said a man also received bullet injury in the incident. He has been hospitalised and is stated to be in a stable condition.

Meanwhile, preliminary investigation by the police revealed that Kaur was undergoing treatment for alcohol addiction.

Sharma said a prescription slip of a de-addiction centre here was recovered from her belongings. She had mood swings and depression, doctors had said in the prescription.

No family member has come to claim her body yet or to give any statement, the SSP said, adding that they have not been able to identify where she stayed.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Kaur boarded a bus from Zirakpur on Sunday and reached the gurdwara.

Satinder Singh, manager of the gurdwara, said Kaur was in a drunken state and had a liquor bottle and tobacco packets with her. She sat near the sarovar and consumed liquor, he said.

SGPC officials said when a few devotees noticed the “violation of maryada (code of conduct)”, gurdwara officials were alerted and they brought the woman to the managers office.

The woman allegedly attacked the sewadars of the gurdwara with the liquor bottle, resulting in a minor injury to one of them, SGPC officials alleged.

“She did not give a proper statement. She said she belonged to Mohali but later sad she was from Panchkula. We informed police and they arrived at the spot to take her away. Just as she stepped out of the managers office, she was shot,” the gurdwara manager said.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by The Federal staff and is auto-published from a syndicated feed.)