One person was killed and another was wounded in Abohar subdivision of Fazilka town on Friday, allegedly by workers of liquor baron and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Shiv Lal Doda.
An undeclared curfew was imposed in the area late in the evening after villagers set fire to three liquor shops owned by Doda.
The deceased, Bhim, 27, was attacked with sharp-edged weapons by Doda’s worker, Harry, during a panchayat meeting at the liquor baron’s farmhouse on Friday morning.
Abohar superintendent of police (SP) Harjit Singh confirmed that the clash took place at Doda’s farmhouse situated in Ramsara village.
Sources said there was enmity between Harry and Bhim, who also worked for Doda until two months ago, allegedly over a love affair. They said an argument between Harry and Bhim during the panchayat meeting turned ugly, leading to violent clashes.
Bhim died at an Amritsar hospital late in the evening. His associate, Janta, who was injured in the incident, is said to be critical.
Bhim’s family and other villagers blamed Doda’s nephew, Amit Doda, who manages the liquor business, for the killings. Amit, however, denied the charges and said he was out of town when incident took place.
Fazilka SSP Indermohan Bhatti said the situation was under control and that the police were investigating the incident.