A day after two brothers from a Machhiwara village were gunned down in a house at Ahluwalia Colony, Jamalpur, their family on Sunday blocked the Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road near Neelon in protest.Laying the bodies on the road, the family raised slogans against the police, accusing them of caste-related violence, as the victims belonged to a lower caste, while the accused, husband of a sarpanch in Machhiwara, was of a higher caste.
Terming it a cold-blood murder, they demanded a CBI inquiry into the case.The police, after getting the autopsies done, handed over the bodies to the family, who laid the bodies on the road and refused to budge.
It was only after naib tehsildar Vivek Nirmohi assured the family of an inquiry that they cremated the bodies. The family handed over a memorandum to the naib tehsildar demanding an independent inquiry into the case.
The victims, Harinder Singh, 23, and Jatinder Singh, 25, residents of Bhoapur village near Machhiwara, were pursuing graduation from a private college near Samrala.
They were allegedly involved in attempt to murder and molestation cases registered at Machhiwara and Samrala police stations.
Satpal Singh, father of the victims, said the sarpanch's husband, Gurjeet Singh and police, plotted a conspiracy against his sons, who were district-level kabaddi players.
He said that he belonged to a lower Harijan caste, whereas Gurjeet belonged to a higher caste. He plotted the murders because he did not want our village to surpass his, with my sons pursuing graduation, he alleged.
DIG Ludhiana range GS Dhillon said the police were investigating the matter from all aspects. “Old enmity, caste factor and other allegations levelled by the family are being considered in the investigation by Jamalpur police, where the incident happened,” he added.