1 killed, 3 injured as minor tussle turns bloody near Tarn Taran
Both the groups are reportedly associated with the Congress party; over 30 shots firedpunjab Updated: Jul 20, 2017 21:02 IST
A person was killed and three persons of a family injured during a clash at Kamboke village, 40 kms from the district headquarter, on Thursday.
During the clash, one group opened indiscriminate firing on the another over a minor dispute of passage in the fields. The deceased has been identified as Sukhbir Singh ,35, son of Baz Singh. The injured are Nishan Singh ,40, Pargat Singh ,50, Harpreet Singh ,32, all from Kamboke village. The injured persons were rushed to a private hospital at Bhikhiwind.
Both the groups are reportedly associated with the Congress party. Though SAD leader and former Khemkaran MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha has claimed that the deceased was an Akali worker, but Youth Congress general secretary, Khemkaran, Sandeep Singh Soni ruled out the claim.“Both groups are of Congress,” said Soni.
As per sources, the attackers fired more than 30 shots. “The level of the passage at our farm land is higher compared to the surrounding fields. Sukhchain Singh’s field is adjoining to ours. He along with his 25 to 30 aides started increasing the level of his field by digging up passage in our field,”said one of the injured, Harpreet Singh. “When I, Sukhbir, Nishan and Pargat opposed to this. They started quarrelling,” he said. Harpreet said, “ Sukhchain and his aides Sukhraj Singh, Harpal Singh, Daljit Singh, Ranjit Singh, Nirvail Singh opened fire on us.”
Deputy superintendent of police (Bhikhiwind) Sulakhan Singh Mann said a case under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 148 (rioting with deadly weapons), 149 (unlawful assembly) of the IPC and Arms Act has been registered against Sukhchain Singh and his aides in Khalra police station. He said teams are being sent to arrest the accused.
Race for political mileage
Meanwhile, Valtoha was seen posting messages on Whatsapp groups, claiming that the killed and injured were his party workers. He blamed the police to have scummed to political pressure. He said, the police had failed to arrest the accused involved in killing of two SAD workers in March in Khemkaran constituency.
Major incidents in Tarn Taran after assembly polls
In February 5, a 32-year-old Dalit man was killed and his brother injured after a group of around 50 Akali workers, including a former sarpanch, allegedly barged into their house and opened fire on the family at Palasaur village. Around 40-50 persons had fired 20-25 gunshots.
In March 17, a youth in his early twenties and his uncle were beaten to death over their alleged unsolicited physical advances towards a girl at a post-marriage dance party at Bhuse village near Chabhal. In April, a 60-year-old man and his 17-year-old nephew were gunned down in cold blood by more than 12 persons at Beharhwal village near Bhikhiwind over a land dispute. The victims were sleeping when the armed persons stormed their house.
In June 4, a 24-year-old youth was allegedly shot dead by his cousin brother at Gaddiwind village. In June 27, a land dispute between two parties turned into a bloody battle in Seeto village. A father and son were killed while two others were injured. In July 6, a dispute over three acres of land turned ugly when a rival group opened fire on other injuring two persons at Rasulpur village.