Tribune News Service
Amritsar, October 25
A quarrel at a birthday party turned ugly when a group of persons indulged in firing outside the residence of a youth, Jaganpreet Singh, at Joeke village falling under the Lopoke police station here on Saturday evening.
The youth and the members of the family saved themselves by closing the doors of their rooms. The incident led to panic in the area. Lopoke police have booked over 20 persons on the charge of attempt to murder and under relevant sections of the Arms Act. No arrest has been made till now, said the police.
Nirmal Singh told the police that his son Jaganpreet Singh (22) along with his friend Jobanpreet Singh of Lopoke had gone to attend a birthday party at a friend’s. He said Jobanpreet’s friend, identified as Pawan, had an altercation with Sukhraj Singh there. He said his son returned home in the afternoon. He said in the evening Sukhraj along with Jugraj Singh, Manjot Singh and Sukhbir Singh, who were carrying firearms, and Gurdev Singh and Gurpreet Singh along with unidentified persons who were also having arms came in six cars and bikes outside his house.
He said the accused started shouting and challenging them. They started firing indiscriminately at their house. He said frightened over this, they locked themselves in a room to save themselves. He said they also fired in the air. He said when the people started gathering, the accused went away while shouting to see us. He said in the late evening the accused again came and started firing.
He said on Sunday morning, they took Amarjit Singh, sarpanch of the village, and informed the police about this following which a case of murder bid and under the Arms Act was registered against the accused.
Among those booked included Sukhraj Singh, Jugraj Singh, Manjot Singh, Sukhbir Singh, Saurav, his father Gurdev Singh, Gurpreet Singh, nambardar of Kohali village, and around 15 unidentified persons. The police said raids were on to arrest the suspects while further investigation was under way.
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