Student’s murder: Victim’s friend now says can’t identify attackers

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: May 28, 2016 15:13 IST
Manpreet Singh’s family members at the cremation ground on Thursday. (HT Photo)

Two days after a group of around 20 masked men killed a youth and injured his friend in an attack at Guru Nanak Pura East locality, the survivor, 21-year-old Munish, on Friday said he didn’t know any of the attackers. His latest statement is in contrast to the one given by him earlier to mediapersons.

20 masked men murder Jalandhar college boy

On Wednesday, Munish had told the mediapersons that he had gone with Manpreet (20), when a group of around 20-25 masked men attacked them with swords, sickles and baseball bats in full public view at Guru Nanak Pura East locality.

He had added that no one came to their rescue and when the attackers fled from the scene, passers-by rushed them to a hospital where Manpreet succumbed to his injuries.

However, on Friday, when additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP-I) Jasvir Singh, along with his team, had gone to Munish’s house in Raj Nagar for questioning him about the incident, he denied going with Manpreet, rather said he had gone out with his another friend Sharwan and met Manpreet coincidently.

Earlier, Munish had told also named Balraj Singh Aulkh alias Raju of Satnam Nagar as one of the attackers, however, on Friday he refused to identify any attacker.

Meanwhile, the ADCP said, “As Munish was discharged from the hospital on Thursday morning he seem to be shocked because of the attack and thus was giving different statements.”

He added that the police had already booked Balraj Singh Aulakh alias Raju of Satnam Nagar, Pinder Saini, Karan, Maninder and other unidentified persons under 302 (murder) and 304 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on a complaint filed by Manpreet’s father Surinder Singh.

Preliminary probe points towards rivalry between students as the reason behind the attack. The issue of presidential candidate in the ensuing student elections is being seen as the reason behind the gruesome killing.

Earlier, both Raju and Manu were in good terms but the issue of the president’s post became contentious few months ago, leading to a quarrel between them.

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