The Batala police are on the lookout for the four accused involved in the killing of 25-year-old Ranjit Singh of Sangatuwal village on Sunday night.
Ranjit, who had returned from Italy a year ago after not finding a suitable job, was allegedly shot dead by a former family friend, Parivartan Singh, and his accomplices, according to the police.
In his complaint to the police, the victim’s father, Harpal Singh, stated that four months ago, Ranjit had organised a football match in the village during which there was a spat between his son and Parivartan. The dispute was resolved after the intervention of some prominent persons of the village.
On January 25, a fresh dispute broke out between Ranjit and Parivartan during the latter’s marriage ceremony, following which Parivartan and his relatives went to Ranjit’s house to confront him, claimed Harpal.
“On Sunday night, when Ranjit and I were returning from the fields, Parivartan and his cousins Malkiat Singh, Varinder Singh and Honey attacked us. When we tried to flee the spot, the accused opened fire at Ranjit, killing him on the spot,” said Harpal.
Following Harpal’s complaint, the police have registered a case under Section 302 (murder) and other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Parivartan and his three cousin brothers.
Sukhwinder Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Kotli Surat Malhi police station under which Sangatuwal village falls, said police teams were conducting raids at possible hideouts of the accused.