The bandh call by the Shiv Sena and other Hindu organisations over the killing of former’s labour wing chief Durga Prasad Gupta received a mixed response on Sunday at Khanna in this district.
The Sena activists blocked traffic on Khanna’s national highway again for at least 30 minutes. Heavy police deployment in the city averted any untoward situation. During the road blockade, the police diverted traffic for the commuters’ safety.
The blockade ended after Jalandhar range inspector general of police Lok Nath Angra and Khanna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Satinder Singh assured the protesters that Gupta’s killers would be arrested. The victim’s wife was promised a government job.
Police also recovered the motorcycle used in the crime and secured the security-camera footage in which the shooters are caught escaping the area. Some of the shops in the main market of Khanna remained open. Shiv Sena tried to hold a march thought the city but police prevented it.
The cremation of the slain leader has been put off to Monday, as his family will reach Khanna on that morning. Shiv Sena state president Sanjiv Ghanouli demanded a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the affected family. He said all Shiv Sena leaders would surrender their security covers in protest against the attacks on its leaders. Shiv Sena, Punjab, chairman Rajiv Tandon said in the past year, many party leaders had been targeted.
Killers’ bike recovered
Senior superintendent of police Satinder Singh confirmed the shooter’s getaway motorcycle had been recovered on the Lalheri road near the Khanna railway station. He said the way Durga Prasad Gupta had been shot in the chest suggested it to be the work of professional killers.
Police have also recovered two shells from the spot and a live bullet. From the security-camera footage of the fleeing assailants, they hope to gather some vital clues.
Two men on a motorcycle had shot the Shiv Sena labour wing leader twice on Saturday evening, when he was on way his house on a two-wheeler.