Old rivalry between two groups of residents of Sewewala village, 5 km from Jaitu, having allegiance to two factions of the SAD here, led to the murder of two people on Sunday morning.
Members a group which was earlier led by Ranjit Singh, who was killed on April 9 last year by Chamkaur Singh, a resident of the same village, at Guru Gobind Singh medical college and hospital here, on Sunday, attacked the brother and nephew of Chamkaur (now in jail as an undertrial), while they were coming home from their fields at about 8 am.
The killers, who were in a car, shot at Maninder Singh, 25, (Chamkaur's nephew) and Sukhpal Singh, 45, (brother of Chamkaur) from close range. Maninder reportedly died on the spot while his Sukhpal Singh was reportedly declared 'brought dead' in a private hospital at Bathinda.
The Jaitu police have booked 11 people by name including Gurbax Singh, brother of Ranjit Singh, Sharnjeet Singh, Harjinder Singh and four unidentified people.
"We have booked 11 people under Sections 302, 392, 506, 148, 149 of the IPC. The postmortem of the two would be conducted on Monday," said Sukhdev Singh Brar, deputy superintendent of police, Jaitu.
The old rivalry
Last year, on April 9, about 25 to 30 people, allegedly led by Ranjit Singh, had attacked Sadhu Singh, also from Sewewala village, at his shop in Jaitu and, when he, along with his son, grandsons and a relative, tried to run, they were chased and badly beaten up at the Ramleela ground at Jaitu.
After the incident, Sadhu Singh and others, who were badly injured in the incident, were admitted to Guru Gobind Singh medical college and hospital in Faridkot. Later, Ranjit Singh and his brother Gurbax Singh were also admitted to the hospital and enraged Chamkuar Singh, nephew of Sadhu Singh, allegedly shot Ranjit dead in the hospital.
The police had then booked 17 people from the Ranjit Singh group under various sections of IPC including attempted murder and Chamkaur Singh, under Section 302 of IPC for the murder of Ranjit Singh.
Ranjit Singh had about 10 cases registered against him including one of murder, about the taking possessions of land and snatching.