The liqour shops owned by Shiv Lal Doda, an Akali leader and liqour baron, at Abohar in Fazilka district, remained closed on Sunday as locals held a prayer meeting for Bhim, 27, who died following the brutal attack, allegedly by Doda’s men on Friday.
The situation in Abohar town limped back to normal as shops remained open and no untoward incident took place. Though there was heavy police deployment in many areas, including at businesses and houses owned by Doda.
Meanwhile, National Scheduled Castes Commission vice-chairman Raj Kumar Verka summoned Bathinda IG, and Fazilka deputy commissioner and SSP to Abohar and asked them to nab the accused in three days.
Fazilka police on Saturday had booked Doda, nephew Amit and five others for the murder of Doda’s former employee.
Sources said there was enmity between Harry and Bhim, who also worked for Doda until two months ago; allegedly to settle a case of sexual abuse of a girl, a meeting was called where an argument between Harry and Bhim turned ugly, leading to the clash.
Both arms and legs of Bhim and his associate Gurjant alias Janta were chopped, allegedly by Harry and his accomplices. Bhim died at an Amritsar hospital on Friday night. Janta, who was injured, is said to be critical.
On Saturday evening, a large number of people attended Bhim’s cremation after the body was handed over to the family following the post-mortem.