A group of around 20 unknown masked men on Wednesday attacked two college students with swords, sickles and baseball bats in full public view at Guru Nanak Pura East locality, resulting in the death of one.
The gruesome incident has sent shockwaves among the area residents. The attack comes at a time when Punjab Police are facing flak over the deteriorating law and order situation across the state.
The deceased has been identified as Manpreet Singh (20), a student of Lyallpur Khalsa College. His friend Munish, 21, a student of GNDU College, Ladowali road, is undergoing treatment at Johal Hospital. Both are residents of Raj Nagar, Basti Bawa Khel.
Talking to HT, Munish said: “We were attacked near the Guru Nanakpura East market by around 20-25 masked men who were on motorbikes and carrying sharp-edged weapons.”
He said no one came to their rescue and when the attackers fled from the scene, passers-by rushed them to a hospital where Manpreet succumbed to his injuries.
Eyewitnesses said some of the attackers, who had left their bikes at the crime spot while fleeing, later came to collect their vehicles. The cops arrived around 45 minutes after the attack and collected some sickles and baseball bats from the spot.
Police were accused of misbehaving with Manpreet’s family at the Johal Hospital. Family members said police officers, including additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP-I) Jasbir Singh, his deputy ACP (central) DD Sharma and others, didn’t allow Manpreet’s parents Jaswinder Kaur and Surinder Singh to even stand near the body while it was being taken for autopsy.
Preliminary probe points towards rivalry between students as the reason behind the attack. A murder case has been registered.