More than a month after an akali sarpanch, Bhupinder Singh Grewal, 45, was shot dead on July 14, two accused, including the victim's brother and his friend, have been arrested by the city police.
Grewal, who was the sarpanch of Jhammat village, was shot dead by his brother Narinder Singh and his friend Amrinder Singh, who were absconding since the day of murder. The accused, Narinder, who is a NRI, was arrested by the police along with Amrinder.
The crime investigation agency (CIA) and a team of Haibowal police arrested the accused from the Sahnewal area. The accused have told during interrogation that there was a property dispute between the accused and the victim after which they decided to kill him.
Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar, additional deputy commissioner of police (crime), said after sustained efforts of the police and co-ordination between different police stations the accused were arrested. "The accused were nabbed by the police near Sahnewal. The accused used to switch their locations after every few days after the crime," said Bhullar.
The police was not ready to divulge more details of the arrest. Station house officer (SHO) of Haibowal, Amarjit Singh said, "All details of the arrest would be disclosed in a press conference on Thursday afternoon and nothing could be told before that," said Singh.
Bhupinder had received bullet injuries in his head, chest and stomach after six bullets were fired point blank at him. A chilling footage captured by the surveillance camera installed outside the gym showed Narinder, wearing a cap and shorts, opening the Innova's door and speaking to Bhupinder, who was in the driver's seat, before opening fire. Narinder's accomplice fired on the sarpanch with another weapon.
Narinder had returned from Canada few months ago and also was facing a fraud case against him at Haibowal police station. A lady had lodged a fraud case against Narinder alleged him for duping her on pretext of buying land.
After the murder, a resident of Jhammat had launched an online campaign for the arrest of the accused.