In a virtual re-run of a scene straight out of Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt-starrer "Udta Punjab," a teenaged boy in the Kot Dharmu village of Punjab's Mansa district killed his mother as she refused to give him money to buy drugs. The incident took place on June 27, Monday, but the boy was apprehended on June 29, Wednesday.
Sources at the Kot Dharmu police station told International Business Times India, the boy, aged 15, was a drug-addict, and hooked on to narcotics like "smack," which is slang for heroin. He had recently asked his mother, Kulwinder Kaur, for money to buy his regular fix, but she had refused it, the police sources said.
The boy shot his mother with his father's licensed rifle at around 4:45 p.m. on Monday, June 27. His father, Kuldeep Singh, was not at home at the time. Kaur was rushed to the hospital, but did not survive the shooting.
His maternal uncle lodged the complaint, and also told the Times of India that the boy was in bad company, which is entirely contrary to what the police told IBTimes India. The maternal uncle also said he had heard the boy shout at his mother during an altercation just before the incident that he could do anything for drug money.
The police told IBTimes India the boy was arrested on Wednesday, June 29, and would be presented in court on June 30. He has been charged under relevant sections of the law. The boy's father, Kuldeep Singh, was also arrested because he had kept the firearm within the reach of the minor.
The parallels of this incident with the just-released film "Udta Punjab," which also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh, are unmistakeable. In the film, Shahid Kapoor's character Tommy Singh encounters two teenage boys in jail who are his fans, and at least one of them has landed behind bars because he killed his mother because she refused drug money.