Calgary Herald - March 18, 2011 Argument ends with Calgary man murdering his wife in Punjab: reports Wife's throat slit with kirpan By Deborah Tetley, Calgary Herald - March 18, 2011 8:06 AM Ranjit Kaur, 55, was killed in Raipur, in the northeastern corner of the state of Punjab. Photograph by: Courtesy, Yespunjab.com A Calgary man has been charged with murder in India after his wife was killed days after their son's wedding, according to police and media reports out of that country. Gurdial Singh, who has reportedly lived with his wife and family in Calgary for about a year, also allegedly injured a son who tried to help his mother following a fight in a village in Punjab, police said. The 57-year-old man and his wife, Ranjit Kaur, 55, were arguing at a home in the village of Raipur early Wednesday morning, police said, when Gurdial Singh allegedly used a kirpan to slit his wife's throat. "It was suddenly, and it was over some property matters and domestic problems," Hoshiarpur police Insp. Paramjeet Singh said Thursday. "He ran away from the scene of the crime and he is arrested now and in police custody." Calgary police said they have been advised of the case and are prepared to assist foreign authorities. Raipur is 15 kilometres from Hoshiarpur, in the northeastern corner of the state of Punjab. Members of Calgary's Sikh community say the allegations are shocking. "There are many ways to kill somebody, but this kind of brutality is very rare in the Sikh community," said Dalel Thiara, past-president of the Sikh Society of Calgary. "The way she died is very sad and shocking and violent." Thiara, 75, said he doesn't know the family involved, but he has relatives who live in the village where the incident occurred and some of them attended the wedding -which was in a neighbouring village. "They were at the wedding on March 11. It was an arranged marriage and they said the marriage went well." Thiara said Raipur is an agricultural village of about 1,000 people. It's not clear why the couple argued. Some reports out of India say they were fighting over why Gurdial's in-laws were left off the wedding guest list, but police did not confirm that to the Herald. Other reports say the husband was upset that the family wanted him to sell his land. The India Times reported the family arrived in Punjab on March 1 for the wedding of their younger son, Gurvinder. An older son, Kamaljit, was injured in the fight. Family members reportedly told police that Kamaljit lived in Canada for seven years. His parents and other family members migrated to Canada last year. email@example.com © Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald source:http://www.canada.com/news/Calgary+husband+charged+Punjab+murder/4461014/story.html?