A district president of Barnala Youth Akali Dal was injured after unidentified persons opened fire on his car while four of his co-passengers were hurt in subsequent accident at Sector 22-23 light point on late Monday evening.
The four youths were injured when their Mahindra Renault car rammed into a SAS Nagar resident's Tata Indigo car at the light point while trying to dodge their attackers around 11pm. The Manza driver was waiting at the spot for traffic light to turn green.
The window panes of Mahindra Renault were shattered by at least four bullets, which were later seized by police from the seat next to driver's. The seat was splattered with blood stains.
Police said that the five youths, all hailing from Barnala, were driving at high speed in a bid to shake away their chasers, who fired a "volley of bullets" at their car.
After the accident, the boot of Indigo car (CH-O1AA-1641) was damaged. Indigo car driver Charanjit Singh, a resident of Phase 2, was returning home after closing his tailoring shop in Sector 17 when the Mahindra Renault (PB-12K-0021) banged into his car from behind.
As the youth's car came to a halt, a Scorpio jeep came from behind and those sitting in it fired two rounds, damaging the car window panes. One of the Barnala youths was hit by a bullet, rendering him unconscious. He was rushed to Government Multi Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 along with another youngster, who received minor injuries.
Taking to media persons, an injured Taranjeet Singh Duggal, who claimed to be Barnala district president of Youth Akali Dal, said, "We were eating snacks at a chicken shop in Sector 22 when suddenly seven persons allegedly involved in the murder of former Barnala MLA Malkit Singh Keetu began arguing with us. When we tried to avoid them, but they began following us. In a bid to escape, we banged our vehicle into the standing car."
DSP (central) Ashish Kapoor said, "We are investigating the matter and cannot say anything for certain as of now. Two persons have been injured and admitted at GMSH-16."
Later, the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) team arrived at the spot and took samples.