A youth hailing from Barnala was shot dead at Kumbra light point in SAS Nagar on Saturday afternoon by his friend following an argument. The deceased has been identified as Harpreet, 26, an agriculturist from Barnala. He was shot dead by his friend Manish Prabhakar, also from Barnala, who has the permanent residency of America.
Manish was arrested from the spot by the onlookers and then tied him to a pole nearby, before being handed over the police. Manish was under the influence of intoxicants and was hospitalised by the police late Saturday evening.
The police have registered a murder case on the complaint of Veer Singh, who sells earthenware near the crime spot. He, along with another street vendor Shaam, had nabbed accused.
“We have registered a murder case against Manish and investigations are on. Both Harpreet and Manish were friends and had come to Chandigarh from Barnala, along with two brothers Tar Singh Bhuttar and Chaudhry Bhuttar, for passport-related work,” said SAS Nagar SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar.
Bhutter brothers fled the spot after the murder took place.
As per the eyewitnesses, after opening fire at Harpreet, Manish made no attempt to flee and moved around the cot on which former’s body was lying.
Though the police are yet to ascertain the motive of the murder, Bhullar said, “Accused Harpreet holds permanent residency of America and had returned to India only a few days back.” “We have recovered a country-made weapon used in the murder by the accused,” said Ashish Kapoor, SP (city), SAS Nagar.
As per the eyewitnesses, the police took about 45 minutes to shift the body to a hospital as the cops carried the preliminary investigations.
Accused was too high to answer queries, hospitalised
The police struggled while questioning accused Manish, who reportedly was high on intoxicants. The accused was taken to the Phase 8 police station for questioning. Sources said police could identify the accused and the victim only after five hours as the Manish was too high to answer queries. Sources claimed that no identity proof was found on the deceased, though some chits were recovered from his pockets. The police had also recovered a mobile phone which was password protected.
All four — Manish, Harpreet, Tar and Chaudhry —came together in a car. After alighting from the car, Harpreet lied on a cot on roadside, while others exchanged jokes. Harpreet passed a comment following which Manish pulled out a gun and kept it on his (Harpreet) head, and threatened to shoot in case he uttered anything. Harpreet despite being warned made some comment, following which Manish pulled the trigger.