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Four years on, 9 get life term for lawyer’s murder in Mohali

‘Planned and killed’: Murder committed after a tiff over parking cars in Ph 3A; among convicts is Dharminder ‘Guggni’, alleged conspirator in killings of right-wing leaders in Punjab.

punjab Updated: Nov 23, 2017 11:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mohali
nine accused found guilty,Mohali parking murder,murder of advocate Amarpreet Sethi
Convicts Dharminder Singh, alias Guggni; and Sunil Bhanot and Vishal Sherawat at the district courts in Mohali on Wednesday.(Ravi Kumar/HT)

A local court on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to nine men for the murder of advocate Amarpreet Singh, alias Lucky, on February 27, 2013; and imposed fines ranging from Rs 25,000 to 50,000 each. One of the men, Dharminder Singh, alias Guggni, is also alleged to be a key conspirator in the killings of right-wing leaders in Punjab over the past two years.

Nearly a month after the incident, four of the men were arrested from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, where they were living as paying guests in Gulab Bagh area posing as law students.

Amarpreet, 32, was shot dead after he objected to parking of cars outside his Phase-3A house, near which the killers stayed as paying guests, around 8.30 pm that day. Amarpreet’s cousin Gaganjot Singh, who was here from Australia to attend a wedding in the family, and the latter’s friend Simarjeet Singh of Sector 36, Chandigarh, were injured in the firing. Amarjeet was a nephew of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Manjeet Singh Sethi, who is deputy mayor of Mohali at present. Gaganjot is his son.

Judge Archana Puri found Guggni, Sunil Bhanot alias Choti/Vicky, Vishal Sherawat alias Teddy, Rajat Sharma, Kevin Sushant, Jaswinder Singh alias Khattu, Sunbir Singh, Onkar Singh and Deepak Kaushal alias Gola, guilty under sections 302 (murder) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), among other charges, and the Arms Act. The convicts were sent to the Nabha jail.

Nearly a month after the incident, four of the men were arrested from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, where they were living as paying guests in Gulab Bagh area posing as law students. The police also recovered firearms.

Cases of attempt to murder are registered against Sunil, Deepak, Rajat and Kevin in the region.

“The court said the men, after entering into a fight with Amarpreet three days before the eventuality, conspired and planned to kill him,” said HS Dhanoa, prosecution lawyer. Of the fine, 40% will go to Amarpreet’s family and 15% to the injured. Amarpreet’s father Amarjeet Singh said, “Although no one can compensate for the loss of my son’s presence in our life, today justice has been delivered.”

First Published: Nov 22, 2017 13:50 IST