Two arrested for NRI murder, police blame property dispute
Canadian NRI Balkaran Singh Bhullar, who was shot dead by four car-borne assailants outside his farmhouse, was facing trial in a property dispute and also remained in liquor trade for the last five years.punjab Updated: Nov 04, 2017 21:35 IST
The Fazilka district police on Saturday arrested two men and claimed to have thus cracked to case of murder of a Canadian NRI, Balkaran Singh Bhullar, who was shot on October 19 Diwali day in Balluana village near here.
Police said Bhullar, 57, who was shot dead by four car-borne assailants outside his farmhouse, was facing trial in a property dispute and also remained in liquor trade for the last five years.
In August, excise authorities closed nearly 50 liqour shops run by him over pending dues.
Owing to these matters, he had filed a security plea in the Punjab and Haryana high court and had got two police gunmen besides some private guards. On the day, while the other guards were on Diwali leave, he told the one on duty to stay at home too since he did not need him, said sources in the police.
On Saturday, police said they received a tip-off and arrested two men — one of them Kulbir Singh, who is a brother of Samarbir Singh who had reportedly lost a property case to Bhullar recently, and the other identified as Darshan Singh Lahoria.
On a statement by Baljit Singh, the victim’s brother, the case was registered against Samarbir and Kulbir of Abohar, besides Gurnek Singh Rimpy, Gurshetar Singh and five to six unidentified persons under sections 302 (murder) and 120B (conspiracy) and other charges as per the Indian Penal Code, and under the Arms Act.
In a press meet after the arrests, DIG Rajinder Singh and SSP Ketan Baliram Patil said Samarbir had lost a property case against Bhullar in the last week of September and, “to avenge it”, he conspired the murder.
“The two men have confessed to the murder over the dispute in which they lost the case involving 16 acres of land,” claimed the DIG. “A .315-bore country-made pistol and its cartridges were recovered from them,” he added.