Residents are blaming hot temper of Tanvinder Singh Harry (27) as a reason behind his death, even as the Himachal Pradesh police are investigating the role of the youth from Punjab in exchange of fire between two worker groups at IIT Kamand in Mandi on June 20.
According to police sources, Harry used to help his friends in “land grabbing” and often got involved in verbal duels over petty issues. Harry was booked by the local police for his alleged involvement in fight over land deals and verbal duels over petty issues, said sources.
While requesting anonymity, a senior SAD leader said it was being assumed that Harry and his friends had gone to help the contractor in putting pressure on union leaders to withdraw their strike.
Raising a question over the functioning of the HP police, he said it was not clear as to how police gave a clean chit to the contractor by claiming that he was not in the town at the time of the incident.
He said police should have procured call details of the contractor, besides inquiring into how the contractor left his car at the site with pistol in it.
He also supported the claim of the victim’s father that Harry never worked as a bouncer.
Meanwhile, district police officials said Harry was not involved in any major crime. However, they added that he had been booked in one or two cases of fights or verbal duels.
While demanding a CBI inquiry into the firing incident, Harry’s father Taranjit Singh also raised a question on the functioning of the HP police in giving clean chit to the contractor.
He said as per unconfirmed reports, police had “booked the contractor” after residents of the town and workers called a bandh to protest against dilly-dallying approach of police in the case.