Twenty-nine-year-old Amarinder Singh alias Soni, who was seriously injured in a firing incident in Khanna on February 2, on Sunday alleged that he faced threat to life from Yadvinder Singh Yadu, president, Khanna rural unit of the Youth Akali Dal.
On February 2, teenager Kamaljeet Singh, who was accompanying Soni, was killed in the firing. "I have been receiving threatening calls from the supporters of Yadu despite the fact that a case of murder has been registered against him," said a visibly distraught Soni, who was discharged from hospital on Saturday and is recuperating from a bullet injury in the chest.
Talking to reporters here, he claimed that Yadu was present at the time when he was attacked. According to him, Yadu is wanted in 12 cases of murder, attempt to murder and rioting registered since 2002. "Yadu openly declares that he will come out of all the cases," says Soni.
He said Kamaljeet was an upcoming wrestler from a poor family. "I want justice for him and want that Yadu and all those involved in the killing be arrested," he demanded, urging the Punjab government and state police to act against Yadu. "I don't know who is backing Yadu but he is roaming free and issuing open threats; why are the government and police not acting against him?" he wondered.
Soni belongs to a group considered close to Khanna constituency in-charge, SAD's Ranjit Singh Talwandi. Though he denied any link with Talwandi, it is an open secret in the area that the group opposed to Yadu is supported by Talwandi, and Yadu and Talwandi are political opponents.
Speaking to HT, Talwandi also denied any link with the group. "But the incident of murder has to be condemned and the police must take strict action against those who committed the murder," he demanded, adding that it was an old story that Yadu was opposing him politically.
According to Soni, in September 2013, he was attacked by Yadu and his men in the grain market at Khanna and taking the plea that he was injured by mistake, was pressed to reach a compromise. "But I am pursuing a case as per law and out of frustration Yadu and his men came to kill me on February 2, but unfortunately another innocent was killed," said Soni.
Press conference in favour of Yadu cancelled
A press conference fixed in favour of Yadu was cancelled at the last moment. SGPC member Davinder Singh Khattra was to speak in support of Yadu. "Yadu was not present at the time of the incident, he has been falsely implicated," a supporter of Yadu told HT over the phone. Khattra was not available for comment.