Cong leader fired at over property dispute, 4 held

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 26

Panic gripped the Meera Kot Chowk area after several armed persons fired indiscriminately at Congress leader and former councillor Baljit Singh Gumtala following a property dispute.

The Civil Lines police headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police City-II Lakhbir Singh reached the spot and arrested four persons. They were later charged under an attempt to murder case.

Both the groups also pelted each other with stones while the accused damaged a car parked at the spot.

Those arrested were identified as Sonu, Jagjit Singh, Simranjit Singh and Gurjant Singh while the remaining accused managed to escape from the spot. The police recovered a rifle and a pistol from their possession.

Giving details, Lakhbir Singh said Baljit Singh Gumtala and Sonu had a dispute over a plot near AH-one hotel near Meerakot Chowk on Airport Road. Both the groups had reached a compromise a couple of days ago. However, when Gumtala was getting the boundary walls of the plot constructed, Sonu along with his accomplices reached the spot and started firing. Masons and labourers working at the site fled the spot to save themselves. Gumtala informed the police about the incident. The Civil Lines police headed by SHO Parvesh Chopra also reached the spot.

The accused were so daring that they did not bother about the police and continued firing. Videos of the incident went viral within no time.

Lakhbir Singh said the Civil Lines police had registered a case under Section 307 and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act against the accused. Further investigations were under progress. He said the arms licences of the accused would be cancelled for creating a law and order situation at the spot.

“Disturbing law and order is intolerable. Nobody is allowed to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere of the city,” the ADCP said.

It is learnt that the accused also enjoys influence among the ruling party leaders and the police were under pressure while registering an FIR against them. However, as the videos of the incident had gone viral, the police preferred to register a case.

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