Road rage

Amritsar man killed for not giving passage

Sub-inspector’s son among eight booked; old enmity suspected

Amritsar man killed for not giving passage

Avtar Singh

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 22

An employee of a wine contractor was killed, while two others were injured when a group of youngsters attacked them following a verbal duel over a minor issue of not giving passage in a narrow road at the Kot Mit Singh area located on the Tarn Taran Road late Monday evening.

The deceased was identified as Avtar Singh Gill, while his brother Heera Singh was also injured in the incident.

The police have booked Antarpreet Kahlon, son of a sub-inspector posted with the CIA staff here, among eight persons for murder. Antarpreet already has several cases including that of attempt to murder registered against him. Raids were on to nab the suspects, the police said.

According to information, Avtar Singh worked with a private contractor Arora Wines. He along with around six persons were roaming in an SUV in the area late in the evening. From Rajindera Palace on Tarn Taran Road, they entered a street in Kot Mit Singh area. The road was dug up from the sides due to some construction work and there was enough space for the passage of one SUV.

When their vehicle was crossing the stretch, another SUV came from the opposite direction in which several youth were sitting. They had come to attend some function in the area. Occupants of both vehicles became adamant for not reversing their vehicle and giving passage to each other. This led to a verbal duel, following which the youth called their accomplices on the spot.

Around 15-20 persons, including Antar Kahlon, attacked the wine contractor employees with baseballs and iron road. They brutally thrashed Avtar Singh and hit some blunt weapon on his head leaving him critically injured. When his brother Heera Singh tried to save him, he was also injured. Later, they were rushed to a private hospital, where Avtar succumbed.

However, Manjit Singh, brother of the deceased and resident of Ranjhe Di Haveli, alleged that Antar Kahlon had an old enmity with his brother and he was threatening to kill him for quite some time.

Meanwhile, following preliminary probe, the police have identified around eight persons. Besides Antarpreet, among others who were booked include Happy, Jaskaran Bholu, Vimal, Ghulla, Gursimran and Jagroop Singh.

Perneet Dhillon, SHO Sultanwind police station, said an FIR was registered under Section 302 and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code against them. He said raids were on to nab the suspects.

How it all happened

Avtar Singh worked with a private wine contractor. He was roaming in an SUV in the area along with around six persons. They entered a street in Kot Mit Singh area. The road was dug up from the sides due to some construction work. When their vehicle was crossing the stretch, another SUV came from the opposite direction, in which several youngsters were sitting. They had come to attend some function in the area. Occupants of both vehicles became adamant for not reversing their vehicle and giving passage to each other. This led to a verbal duel, following which the youth called around 15-20 persons, including Antar Kahlon, who attacked the wine contractor's employees with baseballs and iron road. They brutally thrashed Avtar Singh and hit some blunt weapon on his head leaving him critically injured. When his brother Heera Singh tried to save him, he was also injured. Later, they were rushed to a private hospital, where Avtar succumbed to his injuries.

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