A 24-year-old local Akali leader was reportedly shot dead after an argument in Batala, Punjab, an incident described by the SAD as “political murder”.
Police said the incident happened Sunday evening in the village of Chak Kulian when the victim Manjot Singh and his two friends tried to prevent a Joginder Singh from filling a pond with sand.
The problem led to an argument between Manjot and Joginder.
Meanwhile, Joginder’s son Gurdeep Singh brought back a pistol from his home and allegedly shot Manjot and his friends, a relative of the alleged victim.
Akali Ravi local chief Karan Singh Kahlon alleged that Gurdeep is an employee of Congress. Gurdeep is also a lawyer by profession.
Deputy Police Superintendent Balbir Singh ruled out any political motive behind the murder.
The victim’s friends – Lovedeep Singh (35) and Arshpreet Singh (18) – were also shot and injured, police said.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal condemned the murder, alleging that “political killings” continued unabated in Punjab, even during the shutdown of the coronavirus.
Badal said in a statement that Batala remains the “vortex of political assassinations”, recalling the murder of Dhilwan sarpanch Dalbir Singh last year.
He said that, as in the previous case, the Batala police this time “failed” to move quickly and arrest the accused even though they have been identified.
Badal demanded the immediate arrest of all those associated with the murder. Badal asked chief minister Amarinder Singh to “subdue” members of Congress who “took the law into their own hands to settle political scores”.
Batala Chief Police Superintendent Opinderjit Singh Ghuman said that a case had been recorded against Gurdeep Singh, Joginder Singh and three others under section 302 (murder) of the IPC and the law on arms.
No arrests have been made so far, police said.
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