Bus owner killed over ‘timings’

Police book three persons who had threatened to eliminate him days ago

Bus owner killed over ‘timings’

Family members of Gurpreet Singh (inset) protest near the Civil Hospital in Amritsar. Vishal Kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 18

A dispute over the timings of buses turned ugly when a bus owner was allegedly killed by three persons and his body was dumped near a drain here on Thursday. The victim has been identified as Gurpreet Singh (33). His body had marks of injury by sharp-edged weapons while fingers of his one hand were chopped.

The suspects have been identified as Dilpreet Singh, alias Babbu, his two brothers Gurpreet Singh and Gurmukh Singh of Mehalan Wala village falling under the Jhander police station here. Further investigations were underway, said Sub-Inspector Rajinder Singh, investigating officer (IO) in the case.

Amrik Singh, the father of the victim, told the police that as per routine, his son took his mini-bus and went on his route three days ago. He said at 3.30 pm on Tuesday, he called his wife and told her that he would be return home within 15 minutes. However, he did not come. On this, they filed a missing report with the Rajasansi police station.

On Thursday, he said Amrik Singh’s family was informed that Gurpreet’s bike was parked near a drain and when he reached there along with other family members they found his body in the bushes. He had sharp weapon injury marks on the body which revealed that he had been murdered.

Amrik suspected that Gurpreet, Gurmukh and Dilpreet had killed him. He said he had a dispute with him over bus timings. The trio had thrashed Gurpreet Singh earlier, too. He and his brother had four buses. They sold three buses as they would often have disputes regarding timings. He alleged that the suspects had threatened to kill his son some days ago.

On the statement of Amrik Singh, a case under Sections 302 and 201 of the IPC has been registered against Dilpreet, Gurpreet and Gurmukh Singh, said the IO.

Meanwhile, family member of Gurpreet Singh on Friday staged a protest outside the Civil Hospital here as there was no arrangement for upkeep of the deceased’s body at the hospital’s post mortem house. They raised slogans against the hospital authorities.

The dharna was lifted after Senior Medical Officer Dr Charanjit Singh ordered a probe into the incident. The body was handed over to his family members after the postmortem.

Already sold three buses, says father of victim

The father of the victim has alleged that the suspects would often fight with his son over the issue of bus timings, due to which he sold three of his four buses. A few days ago, they had threatened to kill his son, he said. On September 15, when the victim did not return, the family started searching for him and found his body, with injury marks, near a drain on Thursday.

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