AMRITSAR MURDER 3 car-borne assailants pumped 16 bullets into US-based NRIUpdated: Dec 21, 2019 23:10 IST
Three assailants pumped 16 bullets into US-based NRI, Balwant Singh, 30, at his native Jodha village near Baba Bakala town of Amritsar district at 10pm on Friday.
Senior superintendent of police, rural, Vikramjit Singh Duggal said the motive behind the attack is being probed and the accused will be caught soon.
Balwinder Singh, the father of the deceased, said Balwant had just returned along with the family from Qadian in Batala after visiting relatives when he was shot dead. He was to get engaged on December 24, said Balwinder.
He was a bachelor and looking to find a match. “I have two sons. Balwant was younger and had come visiting us on December 9. He was to return to the US on December 28. He had first gone to the US in 2015 and was a permanent resident there. He owned trucks and ran a transport business. Recently, he built his own house there. My elder son helps me in the farm,” Balwinder said.
“We had rented a Toyota Fortuner SUV to visit relatives in Qadian. At 8pm, when we were returning, I got a call from my nephew, Harmanpreet Singh, informing me that three men had come to our house to meet Balwant. I told my nephew to offer them tea till we reached. But the three men told my nephew that they would come later. When we returned, they called Balwant outside. They opened fire at him and fled. My son died on the spot,” he said.
He said Balwant or the family did not have any rivalry with anyone.
the SSP said: “We got some vital clues and the assailants will be nabbed soon.”
A police official said the accused roamed in the village for around an hour before committing the crime. The villagers said the three assailants had covered their faces. Police have also procured the CCTV footage of the village to ascertain the identity of the accused.
A case under Sections 302 (murder), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) besides the Arms Act has been registered against unidentified assailants.