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Two injured in firing over land dispute

Two persons were injured in a scuffle involving firing between two politically-backed groups - one by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the other by Shiromani Akali Dal - over a land dispute in Civil Lines area here on Thursday.

punjab Updated: Dec 25, 2014 20:30 IST
HT Correspondent

Two persons were injured in a scuffle involving firing between two politically-backed groups - one by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the other by Shiromani Akali Dal - over a land dispute in Civil Lines area here on Thursday.

The incident occurred in a vacant plot where Sushil Kumar, a resident of Grain Market here who claimed to be the owner of the land, had engaged labourers to construct a boundary wall. Brij Bhushan and Robin Bansal, brother and son, respectively of Sushil Kumar were injured in the scuffle. They are both residents of Bathinda.

Kumar alleged that 20-25 people armed with weapons and swords entered the plot threatening him to stop work. "He alleged that Jaspal Khana, who claimed to be a relative of a SAD minister from the district, was behind the attack.

"After a court decision, the land measuring 1400 square yards was registered in my name on December 16. The next day, I took possession of the land and began construction of a boundary wall. On Wednesday evening, Khana, who introduced himself as kin of a SAD minister, came to the site along with other people and demanded that I should stop the work as the land belonged to him."

He said that on Thursday afternoon armed men broke the gates to enter to enter the plot. One of them fired two shots from a pistol, and the group broke two closed-circuit television cameras in the site, Kumar said.

Kumar's son Deepak Bansal is the district vice-president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM). He said district BJP president Parminder Goyal wsa informed of the incident.

Goyal said senior superintendent of police Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti assured him of appropriate action.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) City 2 Sukhdev Singh, who reached the place to take stock of situation, said the police had received a written complaint from Khana that the land was under dispute and that the court granted a status-quo on the land, but the other group was trying to usurp it.

Both groups have been asked to present their documents on Friday. Civil Lines station house officer Karamjit Singh said they were yet to record the statement of Sushil Kumar and others present at the scene.

Investigations are on in the row.