In an unusual incident, the father of a drug addict was killed in a scuffle between his son and another female drug addict at the Mandi Gobindgarh civil hospital on Saturday. The deceased was identified as Rattan Singh, a 65-year-old resident of Jassara Colony in Mandi Gobindgarh and the father of the male addict Jarnail Singh.
Investigating officer Charanjeet Singh said preliminary investigations had revealed that Jarnail and the woman addict Parminder Kaur Pinky had entered into an argument over buying de-addiction medicines when they were standing in a queue in the hospital on Saturday morning. However, the matter was resolved with the intervention of others standing near the queue.
Charanjeet said on Saturday evening, when Jarnail was standing in the Jassara Colony, the accused Pinky, who was also a resident of the same colony, her husband Mohammad Farooq, and other unidentified assailants had attacked him.
When Rattan had intervened, the attackers had hit him on the head with a baton, after which he sustained serious head injuries and became unconscious.
Charanjeet said Rattan was admitted to the civil hospital where he succumbed to injuries on Saturday night.
Charanjeet said a case had been registered against Pinky, Farooq and other unidentified assailants under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 148 and 149 (rioting) of the Indian Penal Code. He said police records had revealed that three cases related to drugs had already been registered against Pinky in different police stations.