A dreaded anti-social element, Nishan Singh alias Shana of Khurdan village was shot dead by his rivals in Garhdiwala town on Wednesday night.
A number of criminal cases and enquiries were pending against him, the latest being a case of trespass on the complaint of a society of Jat community, a few days ago.
He was allegedly shot at around 10pm. He died on the way to hospital. Police have booked eight persons including an office bearer of SAD who has been arrested. The aggrieved party claimed allegiance of the ruling party.
As per reports, Nishan Singh was returning from his sister-in-law house with his family in a Hyundai Verna, when an armed group intercepted his vehicle and launched an attack with baseball bats and swords. One of the accused, Pardeep Singh allegedly fired at Nishan with his pistol.
The bullet hit him in the chest. His newly elected sarpanch brother Satnam Singh, who was also in the car with him, called his men who drove Nishan to Hoshiarpur civil hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
Garhdiwala police registered a case of murder, criminal intimidation and wrongful restraint against Pardeep, SAD youth wing's vice president Rajwinder Singh alias Raja, Kuldip Singh, latter's wife and Chanpreet Singh, all Garhdiwala residents and three unknown persons.
Satnam Singh, however, alleged that the attackers were 15-20 in number. He accused the police of shielding the culprits.
Situation in civil hospital as well as around Garhdiwala police station remained tense as large number of people gathered there. Police from all the police stations had been called at the spot to avert any unto do happening. SP (detective) Jagmohan Singh also visited the spots. Sources revealed that the two factions had been at daggers drawn with for a long time. After post mortem, the body was kept in the mortuary as the family is awaiting relatives from abroad.