Not only the Congress leaders and workers but also the other politicians and Harkirat Singh Kotli’s friends at his ancestral village of Kotli in Payal jurisdiction, about 37 kilometres from here, are stunned by the news of his death.
“Socially, he was very active,” said Congress leader and family friend Pankaj Prabhakar, adding: “He would attend the village functions with his father.” Another family friend Ravinder Pal Singh Brar remembered how Harkirat had got solar-powered lights installed at the village for the weddings other functions of underprivileged people. “He used to say that the rich could afford generators but the poor could not. After recovering from a road accident about a year ago, he would work with a plastered hand,” he said.
Congress leader Amarjit Singh Tikka said it was “difficult to believe that such a soft-spoken and socially active man could take his life”.