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NRI from Winnipeg murdered & cremated by in-laws

Chandigarh, February 02, 2006

NRI, Baldeep Kaur, a Canadian Citizen from Winnipeg, in good health landed in in-laws house about 12 days ago. Baldeep died mysteriously four days later and was cremated, allegedly in haste, by her in-laws in the backyard of their village house.

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Canadian police to investigate NRI's death

Chandigarh, February 02, 2006

The Canadian police are likely to arrive in Punjab this month to help investigate the mysterious death of 22-year-old Canadian national Baldeep Kaur who died in Faridkot district Jan 25.

Baldeep's family has filed a complaint with the police that she was murdered by her in-laws for the gold jewellery that she was carrying.

Senior Faridkot police officials said they were investigating the matter and were not yet convinced of the murder charge.

The victim had arrived from Winnipeg with her husband Amandeep Singh and 10-month-old daughter Simran for a three-month vacation at their village in Faridkot district Jan 21.

She died mysteriously four days later and was cremated, allegedly in haste, by her in-laws in the backyard of their village house.

The police officers said the village's women who came to bathe the body before the cremation said there were bruises on it and that it had turned blue.

The victim's mother, Gurcharan Brar, who arrived in Faridkot town, told police that Baldeep's in-laws could have poisoned her.

She said that no doctor was called and Baldeep was cremated hastily without getting a post mortem done.

She said that Baldeep's relations with her husband had soured in the two years of their marriage and her in-laws had asked her to bring all her gold jewellery while coming to India.

The mother said the local police had registered a case against her after she removed Baldeep's ashes from the makeshift cremation ground.

She alleged that the Faridkot police was under pressure from a ruling Congress politician who was close to her son-in-law's family.

But police officers investigating the case insisted that the murder theory seemed to be an after-thought as Baldeep had been cremated with the consent of her own family.

They, however, said that their counterparts from Canada were likely to join investigations.


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