Fight for space takes ugly turn

Naan shop owner dies after being hit by iron rods at Phagwara Gate area

Fight for space takes ugly turn

The inconsolable relatives of deceased dhaba owner Yovinder Singh, who was murdered by his neighbours in Jalandhar on Thursday

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 19

A 60-year-old man was killed by his neighbour in the Phagwara Gate area early Thursday morning.

Yovinder Singh (60) was beaten up with rods by his neighbour and his son, following which Singh succumbed to injuries.

Deceased dhaba owner Yovinder Singh

A dhaba owner, Yovinder, who runs Jaggi Naan shop opposite Pratap Bagh in Jalandhar, had an altercation with his neighbour over some utensils being kept outside their shop.

The feud over some utensils reached to such an extent, that his neighbours Manohar Bhalla and his son Rinku Bhalla thrashed Yovinder badly, after which he died.

Yovinder’s son Harjot Singh (32) also received injuries on his arms, but is said to be out of danger.

The police have registered an FIR against the father-son duo — Manohar Bhalla (55) and Rinku Bhalla (30) — under Sections 302, 207 and 34 of the IPC. The accused are currently absconding, but the police said they were on a lookout for them. An FIR has been lodged on the complaint of Harjot Singh. Manohar owns a cycle parts shop next to the naan outlet of Yovinder.

Cops speak to the relatives. Tribune Photos

In his complaint, Harjit told the police that Manohar Bhalla attacked his father while he was placing his utensils outside his shop this morning. He said Bhalla began abusing his father and then attacked him with rods and wood sticks. While Yovinder was injured seriously, Harjot took him to the hospital where he was declared brought dead.

SHO police station number 3, Mukesh Sharma, said, “A petty fight on the issue of the placement of some utensils got serious and the Bhallas hit Yovinder with an iron rod. The incident took place around 8 am. Harjot also received injuries but is fine now. We have lodged an FIR but the duo fled. An MLR has also been filed following Harjot’s injury.”

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