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Sarabha Nagar shootout: 11 accused from both YAD factions arrested

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, March 01, 2014
First Published: 22:08 IST(1/3/2014) | Last Updated: 22:09 IST(1/3/2014)

Two days after the clash between two factions of Youth Akali Dal (YAD) indulged in indiscriminate firing against one another in Sarabha Nagar, the police arrested 11 accused from both factions on Saturday.

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Three of those arrested - Manpreet Singh Bhatthal of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Sandeep Singh alias Kaka Grewal of Malakpur Bet village and Sarbjit Singh alias Sarbi of Koomkalan - have been admitted to a local hospital.

The other eight accused have been identified as Gurbir Singh alias Guri of Basemi village of Ludhiana, Amit Verma alias Chintu of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Deepak Kumar of Janta Nagar, Navjot Singh alias Jyoti of Koomkalan, Babanjot Singh of Samana of Sangrur, Gurjant Singh alias Honey of Birmi village, Sarkarjit Singh of Muktsar and Dilpreet Singh alias Robin of Gold Avenue of Baranhara of Ludhiana. Kinda possesses past criminal record.

The police also recovered three rifles, one country-made revolver and some sharp-edged weapons from the arrested accused. Besides, the police recovered a Ford Ikon, Maruti Swift, two motorcycles and around hundred cartridges of .12-bore and .32 bore guns.

The police had already impounded two cars from the scene of crime on Thursday evening.

The police have also identified 12 more accused as Arman Sidhu, Parminder Kinda, Parwinder Bali, Lali, Gurpreet Minta, Sona Malakpur, Baba Gyani, Veerinder Singh of Mangarh, Zed Pardhan, Dharambir, Dital and Mandhir Dheera, who are at large.

According to police commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill around 40 persons were involved in the firing.

Gill said the clash was pre-planned as both groups led by Kulwinder Singh Kinda Dhaliwal and Kaka Grewal, who were old rivals, had scheduled a meeting at Sarabha Nagar market to settle their scores.

The police commissioner said the members of Grewal group assembled at a house in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and then headed towards the Sarabha Nagar market. The house belongs to Joginder Singh Patwari, who is being questioned by the police. Patwari's nephew Mandhir Dheera is one of the accused.

While answering a query, the commissioner said the arms licence of the accused would be cancelled shortly, and they had also written to police chief of other districts, who had issued arms licences to the accused, to cancel them.

Gill claimed that the police were conducting a fair and impartial investigation and it was not the concern of police whether the accused belonged to some political parties as law was equal to all.

He said the police would arrest rest of the accused by Monday.

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