Police have booked 28 persons, including main accused Daljit Singh alias Don, for attempt to murder regarding a shooting incident in which seven persons received bullet injuries at Raawan village under Begowal police station.
Nearly 60 rounds were fired within 10 minutes in the village on late Wednesday night, sources revealed.
Five of the injured were referred at around 10pm on Wednesday to Kapurthala civil hospital, including Ajeet Singh and his three sons Balwinder Singh, Sukhwinder Singh and Fateh Singh along with Raju, all residents of Rawaan. Jaswinder Singh and Tejinder Singh were sent back home after first aid at Begowal health centre.
"I along with my family was reaping fodder in our field on Wednesday evening when Daljit Singh alias Don came with his nearly 50 supporters and opened fire on me and my family," claimed Ajeet Singh while talking to Hindustan Times on Thursday at the Civil Hospital.
"We were attacked in a pre-planned manner as we supported the Congress in the recent assembly elections. They had been warning us since then of dire consequences and it resulted in this incident in which they tried to eliminate me and my family," he added.
Police sources revealed that the dispute related to 12 kanals and 17 marlas of land of Waqf Board. Nine kanals and 14 marlas were taken on lease by Ajeet Singh while the rest was taken by Jai Jagat Joshi a few days back.
"Earlier, Ajeet Singh was cultivating the whole land since there was no owner of the other piece of land. On Wednesday evening, when Jai Jagat stopped Ajeet Singh and asserted his right on the property, the matter led to a scuffle which ended in shooting by associates of Joshi," said Hargurdev Singh, SHO Begowal.
On the complaint of Ajeet Singh, police have booked Daljit Singh alias Don, Jai Jagat Joshi, Kuldeep Singh, a resident of village Tandi and 25 other unidentified persons under Section 307 of IPC. No arrest was made till the filing of the report.
Khaira alleges vendetta at behest of Bibi's kin
Congress MLA from Sultanpur Lodhi, Navtej Singh Cheema and former Bholath MLA Sukhpal Khaira on Thursday visited the civil hospital in Kapurthala to meet the injured Congress supporters allegedly attacked by one Daljit Singh alias Don and his accomplices at the behest of Bhupinder Singh, a son-in-law of Bibi Jagir Kaur.
"See how badly all these people were attacked by Akali goons who were carrying dozens of illegal weapons, including locally-made revolvers and guns. They tried to take illegal possession of the land belonging to Ajeet Singh and were heard shouting that since there was an Akali government in Punjab and the son-in-law of Bibi Jagir Kaur was behind them, they would kill anybody who came their way. They all were drunk and also brandished swords, besides illegal arms and weapons," alleged Khaira.
"As has been the modus operandi of the Akali goondas for the last many years, two members of the Don gang also got themselves admitted to the civil hospital at Begowal and are now pressuring police to register a false cross-case against Ajit Singh," he claimed.
"This is sheer example of vendetta and Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal should immediately intervene in the matter and register a case against all those who indulged in the bloodbath or patronised it," demanded Cheema.
"Our appeals have fallen on the deaf ears of the state government. The gang of Daljit Singh comprises Malkiat Singh alias Thunia of Ibrahimwal, Yadwinder Singh alias Bunty of Miani (also a close relative of Bibi Jagir Kaur), Kuldip Singh of Tandi and Jai Jagat Joshi of Nadala etc. about whom I had specifically written to and met the then DGP Anil Kaushik on September 26, 2011. Daljit is already wanted in six cases of dacoity, loot, murder etc. and carries a licensed weapon besides illegal arms," he alleged.
"We have asked SSP Kapurthala to register a criminal case against Bhupinder Singh, the son-in-law of Jagir Kaur who has been patronising Daljit Singh and others under Sections 307 and 120-B of IPC and demanded posting out of all four SHOs in Bholath sub-division, since all are either related to Bibi Jagir Kaur or they have been posted on political orders," said Khaira.
"If police failed to accede to our demands, we will launch a state-wide agitation against political vendetta," both Khaira and Cheema warned.