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2 brothers shot over Batala land dispute

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Ravi Dhaliwal

Tribune News Service

Batala, November 13

Two brothers were shot from point-blank range by a relative following an altercation over demarcation of farmland at Kaler Khurd village under the jurisdiction of Sekhwan police station in Batala police district.

DSP (City) Palvinder Kaur, who visited the spot, said an old enmity over sharing of land led to the killing.

"Brothers Amrik Singh and Harbhajan Singh and relative Virsa Singh were involved in a long dispute. The brothers were tilling their fields today when Virsa started an argument. Amrik tried to counter him but was stopped by Harbhajan after which the brothers retreated. However, Virsa, carrying a .12 bore rifle, started abusing them and opened fire at Amrik and Harbhajan, killing them on the spot," said the DSP.

She added senior officers, including SSP Rachpal Singh, were apprised of the incident. An officer said villagers took time to reach the crime scene as they took the gunfire for noise of firecrackers.

Despite rumours that Virsa was being backed by some politicians, a senior officer made it clear no leader was involved. "Batala is a political hotbed. Whenever a crime occurs, even if it means a minor one, it is attributed to one leader of the other," he said.

The SSP said the police were on the lookout for the accused. "Villagers have provided us with several clues and we are working on them. We have raided some hideouts of the accused. Several teams have been formed and the accused will be arrested soon," said the DSP.

A case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code, has been registered against Virsa at the Sekhwan police station.

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