The police on Saturday arrested three men in connection with a shootout at the Kharar market in which a shopkeeper was killed on Friday evening. Revealing this, senior superintendent of police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the accused, identified as Babu Ram (64) and his two sons Raj Kumar (35) and Ramesh Kumar (32), had been arrested and a .32-bore revolver used in the crime was also recovered from their possession.
The SSP said the victim's elder brother, Vijay Kumar (36), had brought some goods from SAS Nagar for Sanjeev's shop. Around 6 pm while they were sitting inside their shop, Babu Ram and his sons started hurling abuses at them, which led to a verbal duel.
Soon after the argument, the accused started firing at Kumar brothers. Sanjeev was immediately rushed to the Kharar civil hospital, where he was declared brought dead. His brother was admitted to IVY hospital in SAS Nagar.
During the preliminary investigation, Babu Ram admitted that he fired the first two shots in a fit of rage after he had an argument with Sanjeev. He had bought a plot from the victim few months back, but Sanjeev was neither registering it in the former's name nor returning the money.
The accused have been booked under Sections 302, 307 and 34 of the IPC Act and Sections 25, 27, 54, 59 and 30 of the Arms Act. They would be produced in the court on Sunday.