The victims were five girls aged between two and nine, a 25-year-old and three women over 60, he said.
“A total of nine females were axed to death,” Darroh said.
“The accused Nagesia first attacked a 25-year-old woman and her two-year-old child and axed them to death, subsequently killing his neighbours one after another,” the police chief said.
“The accused seems to be mentally disturbed after his wife deserted him,” he added, after Nagesia was taken into custody and the axe recovered.
Pandu Nagesia, Indian Villager, Kills 4 Women And 5 Young Girls In Ax Rampage. HuffPo World, 4/4/2013.
In her statement given to the Magistrate before her death, the victim told the police that her husband had set her on fire after thrashing her.
The DSP said Kaur had called up her brothers in Amritsar and expressed her fear that her husband may harm her.
“She told them that her husband was enraged as she had clipped his nails too deep cutting into the finger’s skin.
After she made the phone call, Gurmej abused and thrashed Kaur and later sprinkled kerosene on her and set her on fire,” he said.
Two brothers of the victim rushed to Lohian, but found their sister in a semi-burnt condition and rushed her to civil hospital at Lohian, from where she was referred to a Jalandhar hospital, where she succumbed to her burn injuries, he said.
Woman charred to death by husband in Punjab. Hindustan Times, 3/3/2013.
Police officer Raj Jeet Singh said a 29-year-old woman was the only passenger on a bus as she was traveling to her village in northern Punjab state on Friday night. The driver refused to stop at her village despite her repeated pleas and drove her to a desolate location, he said.
There, the driver and the conductor took her to a building where they were joined by five friends and took turns raping her throughout the night, Singh said.
The driver dropped the woman off at her village early Saturday, he said.
Singh said police arrested six suspects on Saturday and were searching for another.
Gurmej Singh, deputy superintendent of police, said all six admitted involvement in the rape.
India Gang Rape: Woman Assaulted By Bus Driver, Conductor. HuffPo World, 1/13/2013.
Inspector General Paramjit Singh Gill said that the teenager had been “running from pillar to post to get her case registered” but officers failed to open a formal inquiry.
“One of the officers tried to convince her to withdraw the case,” Gill, the police chief for the area, told AFP.
Before her death, there had been no arrests over her case although three people were detained on Thursday. Two of them were her alleged male attackers and the third was a suspected woman accomplice.
The victim’s sister told Indian television that the teenager had been urged to either accept a cash settlement or marry one of her attackers.
“The police started pressuring her to either reach a financial settlement with her attackers or marry one of them,” her sister told the NDTV network.
India Teen Commits Suicide After Police Pressure Her To Drop Gang Rape Case, Marry Attacker. HuffPo World, 12/27/12.
Meanwhile, the 23-year-old victim of the first rape lay in critical condition in the hospital with severe internal injuries, doctors said.
Police said six men raped the woman and savagely beat her and her companion with iron rods on a bus driving around the city – passing through several police checkpoints – before stripping them and dumping them on the side of the road Sunday night.
India Bus Gang Rape: Outrage Spreads Over Public Sexual Assault. HuffPo World, 12/19/12.