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Another Indian businessman murdered in Philippines

punjab Updated: Jul 28, 2013 00:12 IST
Surinder Maan

In another heartbreak incident, a 22-year-old youth businessman from Moga district was shot dead in the Philippines.

Gurprem Singh of Smalsar village under Baghapurana sub-division, 36 km from here, had been running a finance company in Manila city for the past three years.

Five days ago, financer Gurjant Singh of Kokri Butran village of the same district was shot dead at Philippines by some unidentified miscreants.

Gurprem's friends Sukhchain Singh and Dalvir Singh, who have been staying in the Philippines for the past nine years, informed the family members about the incident on Friday late evening.

A pal of gloom descended on the village on Saturday as Gurprem's body reached his native village.
Deceased's younger Uncle Randhir Singh told that Gurprem Singh's body was brought from Manila to Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), New Delhi, through a special airplane by some social workers who belong to India. Gurprem's body was cremated at his natïve village on Saturday late evening.

Several politicians, social workers and religious heads were present on this occasion.

According to the family, Gurprem was gunned down outside Manila city by unidentified assailants, who had their faces covered, while he was travelling on a highway on a motorcycle.

"Gurprem Singh had gone to the Philippines four years ago for making his carrier in finance sector," said Randhir Singh.

"When my hard-working younger son went to Manila on a work permit visa, my family members thought that all our problems would end. But fate had something else in store for us," said deceased's father Jagdish Singh.

Jaswinder Kaur mother of Gurprem Singh said, "I have lost my son and he has been cremated in Smalsar where he studied and played. I never considered that my son's dead body would come at Smalsar. We were planning to get him married but destiny did not give us this chance."

There has been a spate of murders of men from this district, mostly financiers, in the Philippines in the past year. The victims include Harveer Singh (29) of Raunta village, Baljeet Singh (32) of Kokri Kalan village, Gurdial Singh (46) of Dosanjh village, brothers Gurmeet Singh (28) and Veer Singh (24) of Bhinder Kalan village and Balwinder Singh (23) of Manuke Gill village.