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Day after shooting, police arrest 'victim', his friends

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, December 04, 2012
First Published: 23:56 IST(4/12/2012) | Last Updated: 23:58 IST(4/12/2012)

Gunshots were fired from both sides in the shooting incident that took place at the Sector 22-23 light point late Monday night, police investigation has revealed. 

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On Tuesday, the police arrested Taranjeet Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Mandeep Singh, and Satwant Singh Sohi, who were fired upon, and produced them before a court, which has sent them in police custody till December 7.

The police also said the incident was the fallout of an argument between Satwant Singh Sohi, the complainant in the case, and three youths outside an eatery in Sector 22.

Sohi, on whose Mahindra Renault car the youths had fired upon, had lent his Swift car to one of the three in Barnala. They, however, never returned the car to him and, subsequently, Sohi had lodged a complaint against the youngsters with the help of Punjab former MLA Malkit Singh Keetu, who was murdered over a property dispute in October this year.  

On Tuesday, Sohi had, after a heated argument, got into a scuffle with Rashpal Singh Kala Bhatti, Bittu Mehalkana Wala and Jaspreet Singh Jassa in Sector 22. Jassa had borrowed Sohi's. He is also Keetu's nephew and wanted for his uncle's murder.

Though the situation was brought under control at that time, the three youngsters and their friends followed Sohi in two cars. Deputy superintendent of police (central) Ashish Kapoor said on seeing the two cars, Sohi, who was accompanied by four others - including Youth Akali Dal leader Taranjeet Singh-, in a bid to escape rammed into a Indigo Manza that was waiting for the signal to change at the light point.

Seconds after the accident, the Scorpio car, in which the youths were following, slowed down, and three shots were fired at the Mahindra Renault. In retaliation to this, Taranjeet fired at the Scoprio from his licensed pistol. Except Harwinder Singh, an occupant of the Mahindra Renault, nobody was injured in the accident. The police have recovered four bullet shells from the crime scene. 

City roads unsafe
Monday's incident came as a rude shock to Charanjit Singh. The Sector 17 trader was headed to his Phase 2 home in SAS Nagar when Sohi's Mahindra Renault rammed into his Tata Manza.  Charanjit "City roads, especially at night, are unsafe. Even if you follow the rules, you can be left hurt." 

He added that the police should switch off traffic lights off late at night. "I was saved by god's grace. But the police needs to work towards the safety of motorists at night," he said.

Accused yet to be nabbed
The police are yet to identify the nine other youngsters involved in the incident. Though the police have identified three of the twelve youngsters, they are yet to reveal more details. The police have only divulged that the accused were from Punjab and raids were being carried out to apprehend them.

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