A 15 yr old Jyoti and her sister Priti both students of Class X, returned home late on Monday night, confirming the parents’ suspicion of them having relationships with their boyfriends.
Their father Uday Chand (auto driver) & mother Laxmi of Ludhiana, Punjab allegedly drugged them and threw them into a canal after suspecting them of having boyfriends, police said on Wednesday.
The 15 yr old Jyoti died while her sister Priti survived. Police have charged the parents; Uday Chand and Laxmi with murder & attempted murder and have launched a manhunt for the absconding suspects.
"Their father offered them food laced with drugs. When they lost consciousness, their parents threw them in a canal," Sharma said to Hindustan Times.
“The parents tried to strangle Jyoti with a dupatta before throwing her into the canal.”
The girls were rescued from the Sidhwan canal near Barewal Bridge in Ludhiana a day later when passersby spotted the two girls floating on the water. They were rushed to the local civil hospital where Jyoti died, police said.
Police said that Priti was initially evasive and furnished false names. She also told police that they were orphans and used to beg near a local temple and fell unconscious after eating some food offered by a stranger.
But this aroused the police’s suspicion. “The girls were not appearing to be beggars. When police counseled her, she narrated the incident,” said Sharma.
The family hails from Bihar and lives in a rented house in Barewal Road, Ludhiana, police said.