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Met Police to investigate 'suspicious' India death

Manjit Kaur Kular
Image caption Manjit Kaur Kular went to India for a wedding

UK police looking into the death of a British Asian woman in India three years ago have flown to the country.

Manjit Kaur Kular, from Cranford, west London, was run down by a car in Punjab after going there for a wedding.

Indian authorities say the 2007 death was an accident but her family think it was murder. The Metropolitan Police (Met) is now investigating.

Her husband, Jagpaljeet Singh Kular, was charged with murder in 2009 but the case was dismissed at the Old Bailey.

Mrs Kular went to India with her family in October 2007 for the family wedding.

But a few days later her body was found by the side of a road after she was fatally hurt in a suspected hit-and-run incident.

'Sinister motives'

Relatives in the UK are not convinced of the official view.

Det Ch Insp Dave Manning, from the Met, said: "We were contacted by family members in the UK who were concerned that this wasn't an accident and there were some more sinister motives behind what happened to Manjit."

The team of officers has gone to Punjab for two weeks to liaise with Indian police and obtain more details about all the circumstances surrounding the death and hopefully help Mrs Kular's family.

"I hope after two weeks' investigation with the Indian authorities we will have a much clearer picture about what went on and we will be able to provide some more comfort and perhaps some closure for Manjit's family here in the UK," Det Ch Insp Manning said.

The three-year long investigation is not just focused on India.

Det Ch Insp Manning believes there may be people in the UK who could help piece together what happened to Mrs Kular and officers are appealing to the British Asian community.

In July 2009 Jagpaljeet Singh Kular, from Cranford, was was charged with murder but the defence successfully had the case dismissed when it came to the Old Bailey in November 2009.

A trial can be held in the UK for a crime allegedly committed abroad when both suspect and victim are British citizens.

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