A 48-year-old businessman hailing from this district was shot dead at Manila in Philippines on Thursday.
Jagroop Singh, who came from Daudhar village, 29 km from here, had been running a finance company in Manila for the past seven years.
A pal of gloom descended on the village on Thursday evening as Jagroop's close relative Harpreet Singh, who has been also staying in the Philippines for the past 10 years, conveyed the news to his parents.
According to the family, Jagroop was shot dead outside Manila city by unidentified assailants, who had their faces covered, while he was travelling on a highway by his motorcycle.
"We would try to bring back his body to India and would ask the minister of state for external affairs Parneet Kaur for the same," said Hazura Singh, father of Jagroop.
Kuldeep Kaur, wife of the deceased, said that her husband had gone to Philippines seven years ago. "It is heartbreaking for the family as we were not with him during his last days," she said.
Jagroop's mother Nasib Kaur said, "When my younger son went to Manila on a work-permit visa, I thought all our problems would come to an end as my hard-working son would become successful there. But fate had something else in store for us."
In the past one year many youths from this district have been murdered in Philippines. They include Harveer Singh (29) of Raunta village, Baljeet Singh (32) of Kokri Kalan village, Gurdial Singh (46) of Dosanjh village, and brothers Gurmeet Singh (28) and Veer Singh (24) of Bhinder Kalan village and Balwinder Singh (23) of Manuke village.