A 24-year-old local Akali Dal leader was allegedly shot dead after an argument at Punjab, Batala, the incident described as the ‘political killing’ by SAD.
According to the police, the incident took place on Sunday evening in ChakKulian village when the victim Manjot Singh along with his 2 friends tried to stop Joginder Singh from filling the pond with sand.
The issue led to the altercation between Manjot& Joginder.
In the meantime, Joginder’s son Gurdeep Singh brought the pistol from his house& allegedly fired at Manjotas well as his friends, a relative of the victim alleged. An Akali Dal leader was allegedly shot dead after an argument at Punjab, Batala, the incident described as the ‘political killing’ by SAD.
Local AkaliDal leader Ravi Karan Singh Kahlon alleged that Gurdeep is a Congress worker. Gurdeep is also known to be an advocate by profession.
Deputy Superintendent of the Police Balbir Singh ruled out any of the political motives behind this killing.
The victim’s friends– Lovedeep Singh (35) & Arshpreet Singh (18)–too sustained the bullet injuries, said the police.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal condemned the murder, alleging the “political killings” continue unabated in Punjab even during the time of this coronavirus lockdown.
Badal said in his statement that Batala continued to remain the “vortex of the political killings”, recalling the murder of DhilwansarpanchDalbir Singh the last year. He said that like the earlier case, Batala police this time too “failed” to move quickly &further arrest the accused even though they have been identified.
Badal demanded that the immediate arrest of all those who were associated with the murder. Badal also asked the CM Amarinder Singh to “rein in” the Congressmen who were “taking the law in their hands for the settlement of the political scores”.
Batala Senior Superintendent of the Police Opinderjit Singh Ghuman said that the case has been registered against the Gurdeep Singh, Joginder Singh as well as3 others as per Section 302 (murder) of the IPC and the Arms Act. No arrest has been made so far, police said.