A round of ‘chitta’ (heroin) with friends in the night turned sinister for a drug peddler who was later hacked to death by the same people on the wee hours of Tuesday in Malakpur village. Angered by the poor quality of heroin supplied to them, his ‘customers’ also left four of his family injured in their sleep.
The deceased, Gurinder Singh alias Gindu, was a drug addict and supplier. He was already booked for drug peddling by Ladhowal police.
The attackers smashed his head and chopped off his fingers. They also broke his leg with a sharp weapon. The 22-year-old was rushed to hospital where the doctors declared him dead.
His mother Chinder Bai (42), wife Sandeep Kaur (26), aunt Jagir Kaur and cousin Laxman Singh have been admitted to the civil hospital. Laxman is paralysed.
Sandeep said three of her husband’s ‘clients’, who consumed ‘chitta’ with him the night before, had a spat with him over money. They also complained about the quality of heroin sold to them and left the house.
“The three men returned at around 4am with four others in a car and motorbike and attacked us with sharp weapons,” she said.
The deceased’s father Hardeep is admitted to a de-addiction centre in Patiala. He is facing trial for drug peddling. Gurinder was taking care of the ‘business’ in his absence.
Assistant commissioner of police Surinder Mohan said, “Gurinder was also booked for the rape and kidnapping of his own wife, on his father-in-law’s complaint. She was allegedly kidnapped before they got married. They now have a three-year-old son.”
Inspector Amarjit Singh, Haibowal police station house officer, said the family was infamous for dealing in heroin and poppy husk.
The SHO further said a case of murder has been registered against seven unidentified persons. Police is investigating the matter, he added.
Three-year-old hid under the bed
Gurinder’s three-year-old nephew was also present when the incident happened. Varinder was sleeping beside his grandmother Chinder Bai who pushed him aside and asked him to hide under the bed.
The boy did as he was told and escaped unhurt. The incident has left the child traumatised.