A Canada-based Punjabi non-resident Indian (NRI) was gunned down over a land dispute at Kaliye Wala village, 20 km from the district headquarters, late on Tuesday evening.
Police said 11 persons, including Bhola Singh, a police inspector posted at the Chandigarh crime branch, had been booked. No arrest has been made so far.
The deceased identified as Harinder Singh Sran, 46, was a Canadian citizen living in Winnipeg province for the last 25 years. Harinder had a discord with his sister-in-law (brother’s wife) Baljinder Kaur for possession of the land owned by him.
The villagers said Harinder had come to India on April 2 to harvest the wheat crop, which he had got sown in his land with the help of his relatives. “As the wheat crop was ready to be harvested, he had sought police protection in anticipation of an attack from his detractors," they said.
Jatinder Singh Khaira, senior superintendent of police (SSP) said, “After receiving the complaint from Harinder, we sent some police personnel at Kaliye Wala village. They visited the NRI’s land immediately, but did not find anything suspicious there.”
Meanwhile, Guljinder Pal Singh, station house officer, Moga sadar police station, said, “When Harinder Singh Sran was getting the wheat crop harvested, his sister-in-law reached the spot along with two accomplices, including Kuldeep Singh alias Keepa and Kulveer Singh. After a verbal dual, the trio opened fire at the NRI, who died on the spot after being hit by a bullet on his forehead. A labourer, Salim, of Daudhar Sharki village was also injured in the sudden attack.”
The senior police officials rushed to spot following the incident and a murder case was registered against various persons.
According to the villagers, Baljinder Kaur had managed to change the mutation of the land on her name by forging the documents in connivance with revenue officials and placing someone else in place of Harinder Singh.
Harinder had lodged a complaint against the accused with the NRI police station, Moga and the police had completed the inquiry with the findings that the land belonged to Harinder Singh.
A case has been registered against Kulveer Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Baljinder Kaur, all residents of Kaliye Wala, Bhola Singh, Rajinder Singh, Chet Singh, residents of Behrampur in Ropar district and five unidentified people under sections 302, 148, 149, 120-B of IPC and 25-27-54-59 of Arms Act at Moga sadar police station.
SSP Khaira said, “Further investigation is underway. We will inquire the entire matter and if police personnel are found guilty, action will be taken accordingly.” He added that the police party had been raiding houses of the accused for the arrest.