A three-member Special Investigating Team (SIT) has been constituted to investigate the killing of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Mukhjit Singh Mukha in an encounter with the police near Mudhal village on Tuesday evening.
The team with IGP (crime) Nageshwar Rao, SP (crime) Tejinder Singh Maur and DIG (border range) A K Mittal as its members, was formed late on Tuesday night following protests by SAD workers, who alleged that the killing of Mukha was a clear case of murder and the cops responsible for it should he booked under section 302 of the IPC.
The team on Wednesday visited the site of the encounter and re-created the crime scene. The bullet-ridden car that Mukha was driving was also ferried to the site.
Meanwhile, the SAD, led by Amritsar (urban) district unit chief Upkar Singh Sandhu , staged a protest demanding registration of a murder case against the cops. Mukha was the president of ward number 16 of SAD.
SAD activists blocked the Amritsar Bypass at Verka chowk disrupting traffic to Batala and even on the bypass. A few workers also blocked the Mehta road near Vallaha.
Later, on the assurance of the SIT, Akalis agreed to lift the protest. The decision to cremate the body was also taken thereafter. The body had been kept at a gurdwara in Verka since the night.
Meanwhile, Akali workers attempt to march towards the Police Commissioner's residence last night was foiled by the police.
The police had claimed that the killing of Mukha was a case of mistaken identity as police teams were after Jaggu, a known gangster. The cops had information that Jaggu was moving around in a car and planning to commit a major crime.
A police constable was also injured in the shootout. According to the police, Mukha was the first to open fire when signaled to halt. In the retaliatory firing by the cops, he was killed inside his car.