Residents of Ghas Kaler village, along with the families of the two men killed during the Friday night shootout incident at Bhamboi village, held a protest against the Batala police for their alleged failure to take action against the accused, at the local civil hospital here on Saturday.
Raising slogans against Rangar Nangal police station SHO Paramjeet Singh, the protesters refused to take the bodies from the civil hospital and demanded immediate release of five people belonging to their group, who were taken into custody.
The protesters alleged that in spite of taking action against Gurmukh Singh and his sons, who allegedly shot dead Balwinder Singh and Major Singh, the police picked five complainants and put them behind bars.
With tears in her eyes, Kirandeep Kaur said her husband, Balwinder Singh, former sarpanch of Ghas Kaler village, had taken five acres of agricultural land on lease from an NRI, but Gurmukh Singh, who was earlier sowing the land, resisted to give up the possession.
She alleged that Gurmukh repeatedly threatened her husband and his partners of dire consequences in case they tried to cultivate the land, and on Friday evening, when her husband, along with his partners, Major Singh and Mukhwinder Singh, went to the fields to water them, they were attacked by Gurmukh and his sons.
She alleged that the accused, who were armed, started firing at the three during which her husband and his friend Major Singh were killed on the spot while Mukhwinder managed to escape.
She said that in spite of taking action against Gurmukh and his sons, the police had picked her relatives who had came to her house for condolence.
She alleged that on Saturday morning, when she, along with her relatives, went to the Ranger Nangal police station and tried to lodge a complaint, SHO Paramjeet Singh refused to lodge their complaint and asked them to cremate the bodies before filing the complaint.
The protesters later held a dharna outside the civil hospital and blocked the traffic on the Batala-Jalandhar highway for half an hour.
Getting information, SP (D) Vipin Chowdhary rushed to the spot and ordered the release of all five people. He said the police had registered a case under sections 302, 148 and 149 of the IPC, and the Arms Act against Joginder Singh, Harpal Singh, Bhupinder Sing, Puran Singh, Major Singh, Lakha Singh, Mandeep Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Sahib Singh.