A 34-year-old financier from Moga district was shot dead in the Philippines on Monday.Gurjant Singh of Kokri Butran village, 29 km from here, had been running a finance company in Manila for the past several years.
Gurjant's friend Gurpreet Singh, who has been staying in the Philippines for the past eight years, conveyed the news to his parents on Monday evening.
According to the family, Gurjant was shot dead outside Manila city by unidentified assailants, who had their faces covered, while he was travelling on a highway on a motorcycle.
"My son would be cremated in Manila by our close relatives and friends on Wednesday," said Tara Singh, Gurjant's father.Harpinder Kaur, wife of the deceased, said Gurjant had gone to the Philippines six years ago.
"When my hard-working husband went to Manila on a work permit visa, I thought all our problems would end. But fate had something else in store for us," she said.
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.