A 28-year-old worker of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was killed with sharpedged weapons in a clash that reportedly took place between two groups of the party at Kambali village in SAS Nagar. The victim was identified as Gurjant Singh, alias Janta, resident of Seaow village here.
The motive behind the attack was old enmity, and they had earlier clashed on May 16 when counting for the Lok Sabha elections took place. A case has been registered against nine persons — two unidentified — under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code and related charges.
The accused who have been identified and remain to be arrested are Kuldeep Singh, Sukhpreet Singh alias Roda, Harpreet Singh Toor, Dalbir Singh alias Dali, all residents of Dharamgarh in SAS Nagar; Rupinder Singh of Landran; Gaurav Patial of Khuda Lahora in Chandigarh; and another man named Kamaldeep Singh alias Kamal.
The incident took place late night on Monday at a vehicle service station in Kambali, where the victim, his two friends and a relative had got together to have liquor, said the station house officer of Sohana, Satwant Singh.
The other group came in two cars and attacked Gurjant with sharp-edged weapons. The victim’s friends, Kuldeep and Major, had gone to buy liquor and arrived just in time to witness the attack before running away to save themselves; his uncle Prem Singh also fled and is now a witness.
Relatives took the victim to the civil hospital at Phase 6; he was referred to the PGIMER in Chandigarh, where doctors declared him dead on arrival. He had severe head injuries.
Many clashes between the two groups had taken place over the past year. On May 16, the day of counting for the the Lok Sabha elections, the groups clashed in Sector 70 outside the party office of SAD candidate and eventual winner Prem Singh Chandumajra. Here, the group led by Gurjant (now murdered) had attacked Dalbir Singh (now an accused). A case of assault was registered against Gurjant and his men at Mataur but no arrests were made. The murder is being seen as a revenge attack. Another clash had been reported on June 19.