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Mukerian mob stones man to death
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Mukerian, October 21
Enraged by an incident in which a villager was shot at, a mob stoned the accused to death at Depur village, about 15 km from here, early this morning. The police, however, remained a mute spectator. Balkrishan, who was shot at, has been shifted to the PGI, Chandigarh, in a critical condition.

The incident occurred when Balkrishan and his neighbour Sudarshan Lal got engaged in a tiff over the ownership of certain number of trees on a disputed land. Sudarshan lost his temper, took out his .12-bore single-barrel gun and shot at Balkrishan. The latter sustained bullet injuries in his chest and was rushed to the community health centre, Hazipur. After giving him primary medicare, the doctors referred Balkrishan to the Civil Hospital, Hoshiarpur, from where he was taken to Chandigarh.

According to eyewitness, Balkrishan and Sudarshan had clashed over the land dispute many times earlier also.

After receiving information, a police party led by the station house officer, Hazipur, reached the spot and rounded up Sudarshan.

Meanwhile, a mob led by two sarpanches of the village pounced upon the police party taking the suspect to the police station and took Sudarshan in possession. The mob later stoned him to death. Sudarshan had reportedly surrendered before the police with the weapon.

On the complaint of Kusum Lata, sister-in-law of Balkrishan, a case had been registered against Sudarshan.

On the other hand Rohit Sharma, a nephew of the deceased, alleged that a mob of over 15 persons led by Vijay Singh, a former sarpanch, and Vijay Singh, the present sarpanch, attacked his uncle, killing him on the spot. He also gave the names of a few others in the mob.

The police has booked the two sarpanches, Pammi, Richu, Amit, Kaku and their accomplices under Section 302 of the IPC. Efforts to contact SSP, Hoshiarpur, proved futile till late in the evening.

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