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‘Granthi’ killed in clash between two families in Ludhiana; nine booked

A ‘granthi’ (gurdwara priest) was killed and six others were injured in a clash between two families over a stray animal at Mehbipur village in Machhiwara, around 40km from Ludhiana, on Sunday morning

punjab Updated: Aug 29, 2016 10:44 IST
HT Correspondent
Inconsolable kin of Gurdeep Singh at Mehbipur village in Machhiwara near Ludhiana on Sunday.
Inconsolable kin of Gurdeep Singh at Mehbipur village in Machhiwara near Ludhiana on Sunday.(HT Photo)

A ‘granthi’ (gurdwara priest) was killed and six others were injured in a clash between two families over a stray animal at Mehbipur village in Machhiwara, around 40km from Ludhiana, on Sunday morning.

The deceased had been identified as 20-year-old Gurdeep Singh. The incident took place when Gurdeep was collecting milk from houses for the gurdwara on his cycle. He was hit by rods and sticks when he tried to intervene in the clash. He died on way to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.

The police have booked nine people, including seven of a family, for murder.

Gurdeep’s father Chanan Singh said one Budh Singh had abandoned his cow a few days ago and it used to roam around his brother Nirmal Singh’s house and used to defecate there. Nirmal had objected to this and had asked Budh to take away the cow, but to no avail.

On Sunday, Nirmal and his family members went to Budh’s house with a complaint where both the families entered into an argument leading to the clash. Chanan said when Gurdeep tried intervene, he was allegedly attacked by Budh and his family members. Chanan’s relative Sucha Singh, who was injured in the clash, was referred to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala.

Machhiwara station house officer Amardeep Singh said the police have booked Budh Singh, his family members Sucha Singh, Malkit Singh, Balwinder Singh, Hardeep Singh, Gurmeet Kaur, Bachchan Kaur and two others for murder.

The accused are on the run.