CHANDIGARH: Tension prevailed in Gurdaspur town on Tuesday following the murder of a local Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader on Monday night. Protests were held by SAD and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders and police had a tough time bringing the situation under control.
79-year-old Gurbachan Singh Khalsa, vice-president of Gurdaspur unit of SAD, was allegedly shot dead by Col Surjit Singh (retd) in Pherochichi village of Gurdaspur. The accused’ son Sumeet Singh reportedly hit Khalsa first with a stick and then his father shot him with a pistol in the neck. Senior superintendent of police in Gurdaspur, Jasdeep Singh, said that Khalsa and Singh had an argument over animal fodder following which the shooting took place.
Both Singh and his son are now absconding. Locals said that Surjit Singh used a loudspeaker on his house terrace to campaign against SAD during the elections.