The police have failed to arrest Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bhupinder Singh, who had allegedly opened fire on a student outside Punjab Public School (PPS), Nabha, on Tuesday.
Police had registered an FIR on Tuesday itself on the charge of attempt to murder, but no action has been taken subsequently. Bhupinder is a zila parishad member from Dakala. He, along with Jaskaran Singh, Harkirat Singh and Harsimran Singh, has been absconding since Tuesday.
In an ongoing rivalry, Bhupinder had allegedly fired at complainant Gurmanjot Singh after a heated exchange. Gurmanjot is a close relative of a PPS student who is involved in a dispute with Bhupinder’s son, who also studies in the same school. The incident occurred in front of students of the school as abusive arguments turned into a violent clash.
Two Class-12 students have been at loggerheads for the past several months and had fought on the campus earlier this month. Following the clash, the school management had directed the parents concerned to accompany their wards at the time of examinations.
A witness told the police that more than six rounds were fired. Two cars were damaged in the clash.
Police officials said the FIR had been registered against four persons by name, along with 7-8 unidentified persons, under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 336, 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code and sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.
The victim’s family alleged that police were allowing the accused to move freely. They also claimed that an Akali minister was using his influence to shield Bhupinder.
When contacted, Sewa Singh Malhi, deputy superintendent of police, Nabha, said all four accused belonging to the same family were on the run.