Suspicious husband arrested for killing wife on honeymoon tour in Shimla

Shimla: Recovery of a body of a newly wedded woman who had come here for her honeymoon and arrest of her husband for murder, in quick succession of a similar crime committed within a week whereby an IIT Delhi girl was allegedly killed by her boyfriend has shocked the city.

After the police recovered the body of Simranjit Kaur (27) from a forested area ‘Hassan Valley, on the outskirts of the city earlier in the day, superintendent police RM Sharma stated that her husband Simaranpal Singh (28) had been arrested for the crime.

Simaranpal is a resident of Freozepur in Punjab and he had married Simranjit who was from Moga on January 17th by way of an arranged marriage, said Sharma.

According to the accused statement, said the district police chief, the duo had come to Shimla on 21st February. On a sightseeing visit, the accused had an altercation with his wife in Hassan Valley, where first he throttled the girl and later threw her into the valley.

The crime went undetected and Simaranpal left for Chandigarh. It was the boy’s father Rashpal Singh, who on learning that his daughter-in-law was missing started making inquiries from his son’s friends and also met him on 25th February at Chandigarh to inquire about her.

Rashpal ultimately lodged a missing report at Ferozpur and with the help of police detained Simaranpal at Panchkula on 28th February. On questioning, Simaranpal confessed to killing his wife. The Himachal Police arrested the accused on Monday night and after taking him to the site today recovered the girl’s body, said Sharma.

The woman’s face had been eaten up by the animals while the body was preserved. After conducting a postmortem, it was handed over to the father of the girl, today itself, he added.

The accused, said Sharma, says the motive for the murder was suspicion about having a illegal relationship with his father, while Rashpal denies any such thing.

Just last week, suspicion in a relationship had led to the brutal murder of Pragati Tibberwal, a 3rd year textile engineering student at IIT Delhi by her lover Garuv Verma, also an 3rd Year IIT student at Rorkhee.

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