Baldev Singh alias Tanny (40), sarpanch of Behlewala village near Sadak, was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne assailants near his house in Harindra Nagar, Faridkot, on Monday at about 10 am.According to eyewitnesses, he was riding his scooter with his wife Rupinder Kaur riding pillion when two people signaled him to stop at the turn of the street leading to his house, just about a 100 metres from his residence, and pumped three bullets into him, killing him on the spot.
"One of the attackers pretended to ask him the directions while the other shot him in the neck as soon as he stopped his vehicle. Two bullets were fired into his head, killing him on the spot after which the assailants fled. All the three shots were fired from a point-blank range which indicates that the victim was murdered by professional contract killers," claimed sources in the police department.
He was rushed to GGS medical college where he was declared brought dead.
Baldev Singh was the sarpanch of Behlewala village of the district and his wife had been a block samiti member. He was also operating as a commission agent from Sadak town of the district and is said to be close to the ruling party.
Singh had started living in the Guru Nanak colony of Faridkot about six years ago, leaving his native village. Later, he shifted his resident to Harindera Nagar of the town, a posh area.
The sarpanch was also allegedly involved in some criminal cases and had many land disputes pending against him.
Police have reportedly booked ten people, including his father Ram Singh; brothers Hardev Singh, a head constable in the police and Kewal Singh, besides Fateh Singh, Karanbir Singh and Amandeep Singh, close relatives and Dimpy Samra, a man who had a land dispute with the victim, besides other unidentified persons on the complaint of his wife.