In what is being seen as an internal feud in the local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the Rama Mandi truck union president was injured seriously when some people, including the son of Jajjal village sarpanch, allegedly opened fire at him on Friday night.
The incident took place at about 9pm when Gurlabh Singh, an Akali leader and president of the Rama Mandi truck union, was coming to Rama Mandi from Jajjal village in a Mahindra Bolero along Gagandeep Singh and Gursharan Singh when another Bolero came in front of their vehicle and its occupants opened fire at it.
Gurlabh was driving the car at the time of the incident. Having suffered three bullet injuries, Gurlabh was rushed to a private hospital in the city where his condition is stated to be stable.
Based on Gagandeep’s statement, the police have booked Jagdev Singh, son of the Jajjal village sarpanch, Jharmal Singh, Gurwinder Gora and five of their unidentified accomplices under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Arms Act.
Internal feud in the local unit of the Akali Dal is being seen as the reason behind this as Gursharan had lost to the incumbent sarpanch of the village in the last panchayat elections.
Rama Mandi police station house officer (SHO) Jarnail Singh Sran said as per the victim complainant’s statement, the victim was coming towards Rama Mandi for some personal work when another vehicle started following his right from his village.
When they reached near Rama Mandi the other Bolero overtook their vehicle. The accused came out of their SUV and opened fire at them, leaving Gurlabh injured. Sran said a total og five rounds were fired by the accused of which two hit Gurlabh on the shoulder and near the neck while the third bullet was fired by Jagdev by opening the door their SUV’s door.