Kapurthala villager ‘thrashed’ to death in ‘dera’ land dispute
In a clash over the land occupied by a “dera”, seven people allegedly thrashed a man to death at Dain village near here on Monday evening.punjab Updated: Sep 14, 2016 13:19 IST
In a clash over the land occupied by a “dera”, seven people allegedly thrashed a man to death at Dain village near here on Monday evening.
The family of victim Bagga Singh (60) of Dain reported the murder on Tuesday, saying he died of sword wounds, though to police it seems to be a case of heart attack.
Kotwali station house officer (SHO) Ranjit Singh said that on the statement of the victim’s son, Manjeet Singh, police had charged villager Pritam Singh his son, Ranjeet Singh, and five other members of their family with attacking and killing Bagga at his house.
Manjeet Singh managed the affairs of a ‘dera’ at the village, while Pritam, who claims to be the owner of the dera land, had moved court to get it vacated, say police. “Both parties had many scuffles over the past months and a big fight on Monday. Police settled them down but on Tuesday, this murder allegation came up,” said the SHO. “We’ll make no arrest until we see the autopsy report.”
The victim’s family blocked traffic outside the civil hospital for more than half an hour on Tuesday, demanding a case against the accused. They lifted the blocked after Kapurthala deputy superintendent of police (SADP) Daljit Singh came over to pacify them.