A tantrik (occultist) blinded partially by militants 16 years ago and six years ago accused of rape was on Friday night murdered with sharp-edged weapons at his Jadhpur Sekhwan village house in the Ranger Nangal police jurisdiction of this tehsil in Gurdaspur district.
Victim Kamal Shamsher, who was in the magical cures business, had three visitors that night. They had come on a motorcycle and had drinks with him in his first-floor room. In the morning, when his wife, Kulwinder Kaur, went upstairs, she found him lying in a pool of blood. On the statement of his brother, Ranjit Singh, police have registered a case of murder.
Asked about the incident, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Daljinder Singh said superintendent of police (headquarters) Jagjit Singh Saroya had inspected the scene of crime and started investigation. “We are trying to identify the three visitors, who it seems gagged Shamsher before killing him, which is why his wife hardly caught any noise from the room. Working on various leads, we hope to catch all the accused in the next 24 hours,” he said. After murdering Shamsher, the killers deleted all the call details from his mobile phone.
Shamsher was still in touch with many old terrorists once active in this belt. In 2000, some of them had barged into his house and attacked him with acid, which gave him his partial blindness. After this, Shamsher became a tantrik.