Days after an Akali Dal general secretary allegedly killed a police officer in Amritsar city, a villager was kidnapped and hacked to death in Amritsar district, allegedly by a local leader of the party. Amarjit Singh, Akali supporter and sarpanch of Nangal village, the main accused in the crime, is on the run.
The local Congress MLA, Harpartap Singh Ajnala, said Amarjit is the general secretary of the block unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
The SAD — which is already under pressure following the Amritsar policemen’s death — has denied that Amarjit holds a post in the party or is even a member.
On Saturday night, Amarjit, along with 10 others, attacked the farmhouse of one Gurpreet Singh Gopi in the outskirts of the village. He was dragged out of his bed and taken to Amarjit’s house, where the men set upon him with a spear, said a police officer.
Thereafter, the sarpanch summoned policemen from the Ajnala police station and told them that he had beaten up Gopi as he had scaled the boundary wall and trespassed into his house, Harpratap said.
The man was admitted to the civil hospital in Ajnala with multiple injuries and was later referred to a hospital in Amritsar. But on Monday morning, he died at a private nursing home in the city. Officers of the local police said it was a matter of personal enmity.
“A case has been registered against Amarjit and 10 others at the Ajnala police station. But all the men named in the FIR are absconding,” said PS Virk, senior superintendent of police, Amritsar (rural).
Condemning the incident, Harpartap, who is also the district Congress committee chief of Amritsar, said this was yet another instance of the power Akali goons wield. Pointing out how the police had failed to take Amarjit into custody on the spot, he demanded a detailed inquiry into the case.