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Punjab: Husband of Akali sarpanch shot dead in Malerkotla

Old enmity was suspected to the be the motive behind the killing, police said.

punjab Updated: Oct 30, 2017 20:42 IST
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A 44-year-old teacher, the husband of an Akali sarpanch, was shot dead by two men in Malerkotla locality of Punjab’s Sangrur district, police said.

Harkirat Singh, resident of village Mubarakpur Choongan was going on a bike to the government school at village Burj along with a colleague when he was stopped by two persons at around 9.15 am and attacked, they said.

An accused, identified as Harpreet Singh, allegedly fired four to five shots from his .12 bore gun, killing Harkirat Singh on the spot, deputy superintendent (DSP) Malerkotla, Yogi Raj said.

However, the victim’s colleague escaped unhurt, police said.

Old enmity was suspected to the be the motive behind the killing, police said.

A murder case against Harpreet Singh and an unidentified person has been registered, police said.

The victim’s wife Manpreet Kaur is an Akali sarpanch from village Mubarakpur Choongan.

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Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal condemned the murder of Harkirat Singh and said “vendetta killings” continued “unabated” in Punjab due to the alleged “failure” of the Congress government to rein in “goonda” elements.

In a statement here, the SAD president said the day light murder of Harkirat Singh took place close on the heels of a murderous attack on SGPC member Dyal Singh Kolianwali’s son Parminder Singh.

Former minister and senior Akali leader Daljit Singh Cheema said Harkirat Singh’s daughter also met with an accident while going to the hospital after learning about her father’s murder.

Cheema said the party will provide all possible assistance to the family.

First Published: Oct 30, 2017 20:39 IST