A private gunman of a sarpanch from the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) reportedly killed villager Amninder Singh (24) for his objecting to celebratory gunshots during a wedding at Butter Kalan on Sunday in the district.
A waiter, Karamjit Singh, was injured in the incident and moved to a Faridkot hospital. Booked in the case, sarpanch Jaswinder Singh and his private gunmen Sharan Singh and Honey Singh are on the run. The victim’s brother, Gurvinder, has claimed the motive to be eliminating a potential rival of Jaswinder’s sibling in the next election for sarpanch.
Eyewitnesses said Amninder’s objecting had provoked the attack, while Gurvinder said the accused had been waiting for an opportunity like this to kill his brother. “They were waiting for him to come out of the house. When he did, Sharan pointed his .315bore rifle at Amninder’s chest and shot him,” he added.
Police said a hunt for the three accused was on. The case was registered at the Badhni Kalan police station in Moga district, under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (common intent in crime) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and various sections of the Arms Act.