A petty dispute over a dead cow ended in the murder of two men at Simbli village in Gurdaspur district on Wednesday.
The deceased have been identified as Bikramjit Singh, 23, and his uncle Satnam Singh, 55. Bua Singh and his sons Lakhwinder Singh and Dharminder Singh, of the same village, have been booked for the murders.
Gurdaspur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jasdeep Singh Saini said Bikramjit Singh’s cow died of insecticide poisoning after grazing fodder from Bua Singh’s fields.
The matter reached the village panchayat and Bua Singh was asked to pay a compensation of `25,000.
When Bikramjit and his relatives went to Bua Singh’s house to demand the compensation on Monday morning, he reportedly refused. A heated argument took place between the two families, which soon turned violent, said the SSP. Bua Singh allegedly shot at the two victims with his licensed weapon, leading to their death.
After registering a case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Kahnuwan police station, cops are raiding various possible hideouts to nab the absconding accused, said the SSP.