In a suspected case of honour killing, a 28-year-old civil engineer from Kerala was shot dead allegedly by his wife’s parents, who brought a sharpshooter with them to his house in the Jagdamba Vihar area here on the pretext of meeting the couple.The victim, Amith Nair, sustained bullet injuries on his neck, windpipe and chest and died of excessive bleeding. The parents tried to drag his pregnant wife, Mamta Chaudhary, out of the house, but they fled when she refused to leave.After the incident on Wednesday morning, Mamta’s parents have been absconding and the police have launched a manhunt to nab them. Amith’s body was cremated at Purani Chungi crematorium in the Sodala area here on Thursday in the presence of his relatives, friends and colleagues.Mamta, 30, belonging to the Jat community, had married Amith, a native of the Pathanamthitta town in Kerala’s Central Travancore region, two years ago, even though her parents were opposed to the match because of the caste difference. The couple settled down in Jaipur, where Amith was working as a civil engineer with a private firm.According to Mamta’s statement to the police, her parents had been insisting since her marriage that she leave Amith and return to them. Heated argumentsOn Wednesday, Mamta’s parents came to her house and after some heated arguments, called in a young man, who allegedly drew out a pistol and shot at Amith.As Amith collapsed on a sofa where he was sitting, the parents tried to drag Mamta out of the house. When the family raised an alarm and called the neighbours for help, they fled.Mamta is reportedly six months’ pregnant. Police said Mamta’s brother has been detained and a search launched to trace the absconding parents as well as the shooter. Barricades and check-posts were put up at several locations here on Thursday and on roads connecting the city with the national highways.People’s Union for Civil Liberties activists, who met police officers in connection with the case, demanded immediate arrest of the accused and action against two private hospitals which had refused to admit a heavily bleeding Amith. They also demanded that the State government pay a compensation of ₹1 crore to Amith’s family.PUCL State president Kavita Srivastava said Mamta, who studied in Mody University in Laxmangarh, was an intern with the organisation in 2014. She said it was high time the outstanding legislation on killings and crimes committed in the name of honour was enacted. “The couple shelter homes should also be established in all districts of Rajasthan on the pattern of Haryana,” she said.