Akali leader’s father, brother shot dead in feud over post of sarpanch in Ferozepur village

Balwinder Singh, vice-president of Akali Dal’s Ferozepur unit, had a dispute with his relative Sukhjinder Singh for the past three years.

punjab Updated: May 02, 2017 21:48 IST
Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar
Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar
Hindustan Times
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Police investigating the case in Rukanshah Wala village near Ferozepur on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

The father and a brother of a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader were shot dead while he suffered injuries when a family feud over the post of sarpanch in Rukanshah Wala village near Ferozepur turned bloody on Tuesday morning. Police identified four of the accused and registered the case against 10 persons in all.

Police said Balwinder Singh, a member of the village panchayat and vice-president of the SAD’s Ferozepur unit, had a dispute with his relative Sukhjinder Singh, who is with the Congress, for the past three years.

Akali leader Balwinder Singh admitted at a hospital in Ferozepur on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

Early Tuesday morning, Sukhjinder came with three others to Balwinder’s residence to discuss the issue regarding the post of sarpanch. After heated talks for over an hour, around 8am Sukhjinder and his accomplices allegedly fired at Balwinder and others sitting there with their licensed guns. Balwinder’s father Harnam Singh, 80, and brother Joginder Singh, 45, died.

Akali MLA Joginder Singh Jindu and other leaders reached the private hospital where Balwinder was admitted with injuries in his legs.

Jindu said, “Sukhjinder was bent upon grabbing the post of sarpanch. Two days ago, Sukhjinder forcibly got signatures of the village sarpanch on blank papers. The matter was reported to the police too, but nothing concrete was done.”

He said they won’t cremate the bodies until justice was done and the negligent officials were booked too.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gaurav Garg said a case was being registered at Kulgari police station. “We have procured the footage of the security camera installed at the house.”

He said no one would be spared. “Some elements are trying to garner political dividends out of the incident; but we are dealing with the matter very cautiously,” said the SSP.

Till late evening, post-mortem examination of the two deceased was due while Akali sympathisers and the family were at the residence of the victims.

First Published: May 02, 2017 12:15 IST