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Amritsar Police encounter: Victim family, SAD (B) leader allege Supari killing by cops

June 17, 2015 | By

Amritsar: A local leader of Shiromani Akali Dal Badal was shot dead by the police personnel in civil attire Tuesday evening.

The deceased identified as Mukhjeet Singh Mukha was reportedly travelling in his car when Amritsar cops “intercepted his car and fired indiscriminately at him, killing him on the spot”, notes Indian Express (IE).

The incident triggered strong protests from local residents and workers of the ruling party. Badal Dal activists led by another local Upkar Singh Sandhu blocked Verka Bypass demanding action against culprit cops.

Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh, said Mukhjeet Singh Mukha, the Youth Akali Dal leader in-charge of ward number 16 in amritsar Municipal Corporation, was killed after police opened retaliatory fire, while suspecting him to be the notorious gangster, Jagdeep Singh Jaggu, who is wanted in several criminal cases.

[File Photo used for representational purpose only]

[File Photo used for representational purpose only]

“We had information that Jaggu was in the area, travelling in a car without a number plate. A police party tried to stop the car, but it sped away. When police chased and intercepted his car, the person opened fire, injurring head constable Rajesh Kumar. The police party fired in retaliation,” said Aulakh.

But, Mukhjeet’s family and SAD leadership blamed the police for killing Mukhjeet in a “planned manner”.

Mukhjeet’s nephew, Prince, while standing next to the car involved in the incident and with Mukhjeet’s blood-soaked body still inside it, alleged that “number plates of the car were removed” after his uncle was shot dead. He claimed that his uncle did not open fire and the police kept his licensed weapon on the seat after the incident.

Prince also spoke about his uncle’s dispute with a rival group over an “objectionable status” that was posted on internet. He added that after a complaint was lodged against them, the group had come to their locality looking for his uncle last month and, during a heated argument, allegedly shot at a neighbour — Gurdev Singh — who had told them to behave. Gurdev Singh later succumbed to his injuries.

Speaking about the case, SAD leader, Sandhu said: “Today, Mukhjeet had met senior police officials to seek the arrest of the accused in the Gurdev murder case.”

Calling the incident a “supari killing”, he also demanded a case of murder against the policemen involved.

“Mukhjeet was busy carrying out a membership drive for the Youth Akali Dal. The list of members is inside the car. Police are wrong in claiming that he opened fire,” Sandhu said.

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