An Akali councillor was arrested on Saturday for allegedly killing a Hindi newspaper reporter over a financial dispute in Sangrur district.
Accused Paramjit Singh Pammi, a member of the Dhuri civic body and a former president of the district truck union, allegedly shot the victim following a tiff on Thursday night. The deceased has been identified as Kewal Krishan, who worked for the daily Dainik Savera in Dhuri.
Kewal Krishan’s son Neeraj told the police that Pammi was his father’s friend and used to borrow money from him from time to time. Pammi had recently borrowed Rs 10 lakh, which he was not returning, he said.
When Kewal Krishan, who needed money to arrange his daughter’s upcoming wedding, went to Pammi’s house on Thursday night, the two allegedly had a tiff over the payment.
“After hurling abuses at my father, Pammi shot him dead,” said Neeraj.
Sangrur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Prithpal Singh Thind said Pammi, who was on the run after the incident, has been arrested. He was booked under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
“The dispute was over money. The two were having drinks just before the tiff. We are probing the matter. The accused will be produced in court to seek his remand,” he said.
The victim’s body was handed over to the family after the post-mortem examination.