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Punjab: Gurdwara committee president, brother shot dead in skirmish

The victims were identified as Hira Singh and Balvir Singh, a head constable in Punjab Police.

By: Express News Service | Ludhiana |
August 28, 2016 4:10:15 am

President of Gurdwara committee of Jagraon’s Chakar village and his brother were shot dead Friday night following a clash between two groups over managing the Gurdwara.

The victims were identified as Hira Singh and Balvir Singh, a head constable in Punjab Police. Four others who suffered injuries were admitted in a local hospital. A case of murder was registered against main accused Harjeet Singh and 10 others.

As per information, the gurdwara committee had elected Hira Singh as chief four months ago, but youth club president of the village Harjeet Singh opposed it. He alleged that Hira, a ‘patit’ Sikh got himself baptised to become the committee chief.

Villagers said that the committee had nominated Harjeet as member, but he was unhappy and often argued with Hira . According to DCP Jagraon Rachpal Singh, Harjeet wanted to be the president.

At around 8.30 pm on Friday, when Hira was performing sewa in the Gurdwara, Harjeet along with the members of the youth club reached there and enquired about the Gurdwara funds. A clash ensued. “Firearms and weapons were used during the clash,” said the DSP.

“The whole village is shocked after this incident. The clash took place inside the Gurdwara which is a place for worship. When I reached the spot, I saw the bodies of Hira and Balvir. Police is investigating the matter,” Major Singh, sarpanch of the village.

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