A man of 60 was killed and four members of his family were injured for objecting to the playing of a vulgar song at Fattubhilla village in Lopoke police jurisdiction of this district on Tuesday evening.
Victim Makhtoor Singh’s son, Gurnek Singh; wife, Jasbir Kaur; daughter, Ramandeep Kaur; and brother, Rachhpal Singh, were moved to Amritsar’s Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. Gurnek Singh told police that at about 7.30pm, his neighbours Nihal Singh, Hardyal Singh, Ajmer Singh, Dara Singh, Balkar Singh, Harjinder Singh, Palwinder Kaur “Pinki”, and Jodhvir Singh had parked their tractor outside his house and started playing the song from it at loud volume to pick up a fight.
“When my father objected, Ajmer Singh attacked him with a sharp-edged weapon, killing him on the spot. We got injured in trying to save him. My sister, Ramandeep Kaur, who is among the wounded, had come over for summer vacations. The neighbours had come ready and armed to carry out the attack. On our complaint, the panchayat had earlier fined them for playing obscene songs, and they had since held a grudge.” the victim’s son added in the complaint.
Police have inspected the scene of crime and registered a case against the victim’s neighbours. “A hunt for the accused is on,” said chief investigation officer Bikramjit Singh.