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Truck union president shot dead in Sherpur

Sherpur truck union president Gurbinder Singh alias Lakhi was shot dead and another person seriously injured in a shootout owing to old enmity at Sherpur market in Sangrur district.

chandigarh Updated: Feb 24, 2012 18:55 IST

Sherpur truck union president Gurbinder Singh alias Lakhi was shot dead while a person accompanying him was seriously injured owing to old enmity on late Thursday night at Sherpur market in Sangrur district.

The person seriously injured person in the shootout was identified as Jagan, who was admitted at a Dhuri hospital.

A group led by Gurmeet Mann alias Kala Dhanola was alleged to be behind the heavy shootout in which Lakhi was killed, police said.

Dhanola, facing about a dozen cases of attempt to murder and other serious crimes, was named by the rival group in the police complaint.

Police said that members of both the groups had criminal background and were involved in many crimes. The two rival groups had indulged in tussles in the past.

Dhanola was former vice-president of Dhanola Municipal Council in nearby Barnala district while Lakhi was said to be close to certain local-level leaders.

Lakhi was also facing more than half a dozen criminal cases, it was learnt.

As per their statements to police, eyewitnesses claimed that Gurbinder and Jagan were passing through the Sherpur market on a motorcycle when some car-borne persons sudedenly started firing at Lakhi.

Both Lakhi and Jagan were seriously injured and taken to Dhuri civil hospital where Lakhi was declared brought dead.

Sangrur SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar confirmed that the shootout seemed to be fallout of rivalry and Dhanola had been named as the main accused in the shootout.

A case of murder had been registered against six persons, including Kala Dhanola.

The body of Lakhi was handed over to his family members.

The SSP said that police were conducting raids though no arrest had been made till the filing of the report.

First Published: Feb 24, 2012 18:45 IST