The local police have booked two brothers and their six accomplices for allegedly murdering their 25-year-old nephew over a property dispute at Sarabha village on late Sunday night.
The victim, Gurdeep Singh alias Deepa, was alone at home at the time of the murder.
Following the complaint of his mother, Baljinder Kaur, the Sudhar police have booked the victim's paternal uncles Balraj Singh and Alamjit Singh, and their accomplices Sandeep Singh alias Kala, Achchar Singh, Darshan Singh, his wife Paramjit Kaur, her sons Tejinder Singh alias Babbu and Jagdeep Singh.
They have been booked under sections 302 (murder), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
In her complaint, Baljinder said Gurdeep was alone at home. When she reached home, he did not open the door, following which neighbours sounded the village panchayat that informed the police.
After getting information, Bahadur Singh, superintendent of police (SP), headquarters, Ludhiana rural; DSP (Raikot) Satnam Singh and inspector Jaswinder Singh, station house officer (SHO), Sudhar police station, reached the spot.
As the police broke open the door, they were shocked to find Gurdeep lying in a pool of blood. His body bore injuries caused by sharp-edged weapons.
Baljinder alleged that her family had a property dispute with her brothers-in-law Balraj Singh and Alamjit Singh. Both families had filed cases against each other. She alleged that her brothers-in-law, along with their accomplices, murdered his son.
Stating that Gurdeep's father died around 20 years ago, SHO Jaswinder said the victim possessed past criminal record and was facing trial in several cases, including assault, burglary and drug peddling.
Even his mother, Baljinder, was facing trial in 11 cases, including those of abetment to suicide, theft, scuffle and drug peddling, while his brother, Manjit Singh, was lodged in jail.
He said the police had launched a manhunt for the arrest of the accused, who were at large.