In a case of mistaken identity, a local ward president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was killed in a police encounter near Mudhal village in the district on Tuesday.
The deceased has been identified as Mukhjit Singh Mukha, 38, SAD president of ward number 16. Constable Rajesh Kumar, who was part of the police team, was injured. He was admitted to a hospital.
Mukha was killed on the spot in a shootout with the CIA (crime investigation agency) staff of the Amritsar police when he was going towards Mudhal village from Verka in his Hyundai i20 car.
Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh said cops were on the lookout for Jaggu, who had killed gangster Sanjeev Nayyar alias Babba last year, besides firing at RK Sharma, Amritsar central jail superintendent, and was an accused in several other cases also.
“Our parties had information that Jaggu was moving in the area and was likely to commit some crime,” he said. He added that the narcotics team of the Punjab police, which was scouring the area for Jaggu, had received a tip-off that he was travelling in an i20 car.
“They spotted an i20 car without a registration number plate and got suspicious,” the commissioner said.
“Cops signalled the car driver (Mukhjit) to stop, but he did not do so. When they tried to stop him, he fired at them. The cops returned the fire, killing Mukhjit on the spot,” Aulakh added.
According to sources, the cops were in plain clothes and the Akali leader mistook them for members of his rivals’ group.
Aulakh said police were trying to find out whether the revolver used by Mukhjit was licensed or not.
Akali unit wants cops booked for murder
Demanding the registration of a murder case and the immediate arrest of the cops who killed Mukhjit, the local Akali leadership led by district unit chief Upkar Singh Sandhu staged a dharna and blocked the Amritsar-Pathankot highway near the encounter spot.
Sandhu said, “This is highly shocking. Police killed a person and are now saying that it was a case of mistaken identity. This is a case of murder. We will continue the agitation till police take action against the guilty cops.”