Pathankot attack victim’s brother, wife thrashed in Gurdaspur
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Pathankot attack victim’s brother, wife thrashed in Gurdaspur

The dispute arose over Rs 9 lakh that the martyr’s brother had given to a travel agent for sending him abroad.

india Updated: May 15, 2017 23:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur
Pathankot attack,Martyr,Kulwant Singh
The family of accused travel agent is absconding.(HT File Photo)

A group of 10 people led by a travel agent allegedly assaulted Pathankot airbase terror attack victim Havaldar Kulwant Singh’s brother Hardeep Singh and his wife Kulwinder Kaur at Bhaini Mian Khan village, 25 km from the district headquarters, on Saturday over a financial dispute.

The couple received blunt injuries and were admitted to a local community health centre. They were discharged later. Havaldar Kulwant, who hailed from Chak Sharif village, was one of the seven security personnel who were killed in the attack on the Pathankot airbase by four Pakistani terrorists on the intervening night of January 1 and 2 in 2016.

A case under sections 353,341 (wrongful restraint), 324 (causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 354 (assault on a woman to outrage her modesty),148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (unlawful assembly guilty of offence commit­ted in prosecution of common object) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against the travel agent, Gurnam Singh, and nine others at the Bhaini Mian Khan police station.

Gurdaspur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Bhupinderjeet Singh Virk said that no arrest has been made in this connection yet. Bhaini Mian Khan station house officer (SHO) Kapil Sharma said Hardeep had given ₹9 lakh to Gurnam for going abroad. But Gurnam did not send him abroad and later returned ₹5 lakh to Hardeep promising to return the balance amount but failed to honour his promise.

The SHO said Hardeep and his wife were going to lodge a complaint against Gurnam on Saturday when Gurnam along with his nine accomplices assaulted the two at a shop and fled from the spot after injuring them.

CM directs DGP to ensure strict action against accused

Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday directed the director general of police (DGP) to ensure strict action against the accused in the alleged attack. Amarinder gave the instructions after the Punjab police submitted a report on the assault and informed that a manhunt had been to nab the accused. The CM directed the DGP to ensure that the victim’s family is provided full protection. The DGP has ordered an immediate probe into the matter.

First Published: May 15, 2017 13:12 IST