A People's Party of Punjab (PPP) supporter-turned-Akali worker was shot dead at his residence in Sidhana village of Rampura Phull assembly constituency of the district at 3 am on Saturday.
Aman Sidhana, 29, once known as the right hand man of PPP candidate Lakha Sidhana - who lost 2012 assembly election to SAD)'s education minister Sikander Singh Maluka - was killed with a gunshot in his forehead. Aman Sidhana had joined SAD only a month ago
According to reports, Gurlal Singh Lali and Daljit Singh, who are cousins of the victim, had allegedly taken positions after setting ablaze the main gate of the house of the victim and then managed to shoot him from close range when Aman came out to check the burning gate.
However the victim's friend Harpreet Singh. who was accompanying him, managed to escape gunshots.
It is pertinent to mention here that the incident showed that the district police had failed to recover all the licensed arms and weapons even after ten days of the election code coming into force. The police, however, have claimed that the accused had used an illegal weapon for killing Aman.
Superintendent of police Swaran Singh Khanna said, "On the complaint of Jasvir Singh Sidhana, brother of the victim, the police had booked the accused under section 302 of Indian Penal Code and sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act and search for them is on."
He said, "The accused first set afire the gate of the house and then killed the victim when he came out. It seemed that the accused had killed Aman following their personal rivalry, but investigations are on. The autopsy report is yet to reach us that would confirm the distance of the gunshot. We have already taken possession the 70 per cent of the licensed weapons in the district and the rest will be recovered soon."
In 2002, Aman Sidhana was booked under section 307 at Phool police station on the complaint of accused cousin Gurlal Singh Lali.
In 2009, a case under sections 506, 323, 148 and 149 of the Arms Act was registered against Aman on the complaint of Gurlal Singh and his father Major Singh.
In 2009, Aman got a counter-case registered against Gurlal Singh, Major Singh and Surjit Singh (now dead) under the same sections.