A resident of Shakti Nagar shot dead a property dealer, the owner of a 14-marla plot near his (the accused's) house, in broad daylight in the area on Saturday. The accused, a building material contractor, had been claiming that he had rights over the property, previously owned by his father, but a court inquiry had gone against him.
The victim, 35-year-old property dealer, Navdeep Singh, a resident of Raj Nagar, had gone to the site along with his friend Jasvir Singh Bhola (40), a resident of Jyoti Nagar. Bhola escaped unhurt in the firing by the accused, identified as Mohinder Singh, alias Dara Singh. The accused later surrendered before the police.
The sequence of events
Sources said Navdeep, along with Bhola and Gurpreet Singh Jora, had bought a 14-marla plot in the locality near the house of the accused from a resident of Amritsar, Bhupinder Singh. Bhupinder Singh had bought this plot from Jagtar Singh, the father of Dara, a few years ago.
However, Dara went to court against the new owners, claiming that he still had a right to the plot. ACP (special branch) Som Nath conducted an inquiry on a complaint from Dara and the inquiry had gone against him.
A few days ago, a court also favour a verdict in the favour of Navdeep and others.
On Saturday, Navdeep and Bhola had visited the plot for inspection in their Renault Duster. Around 1 pm, as soon as they tried to open main door with keys, Dara's family members, (he had a house nearby) pelted them with stones.
Soon, Dara appeared and allegedly fired three shots from licenced .12 bore rifle, witnesses said.
"Dara fired the first shot in the air. The second hit Navdeep on his left shoulder and the third shot was aimed at me, but missed and hit the car's tyre. Navdeep succumbed to his injuries at the civil hospital," Bhola said.
Senior police officials rushed to the spot and started investigations. One of the officials said Dara had been upset and threatened the victims that they would be shot, if they tried to take possession of the plot.