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Clash between two groups leaves 1 dead, another hurt

Two detained by cops, injured man in critical condition

Clash between two groups leaves 1 dead, another hurt


Tribune News Service

Nikhil Bhardwaj

Ludhiana, February 27

Two groups of miscreants clashed on the Hambran road which led to the death of one person and serious injuries to another. The incident occurred on the intervening night of February 26 and 27. Persons belonging to both groups were members of the Sukha Badewalia gang in the past.

The deceased was identified as Suraj Parkash, alias Babbu, a resident of Arya mohalla here. The injured person was identified as Harpreet.

After the incident, JCP (City) Suhail Qasim Mir with other police officials initiated the probe and formed teams to conduct raids at whereabouts of the suspects. A case of murder was registered by the police against five suspects, identified as Davinder, Vicky, Kalan, Babban and Gaggu, and some unidentified miscreants.

Two of the suspects were detained and being questioned by the police team.

The JCP (City) said a group of booked suspects and the opposite group comprising the deceased and the injured person had a criminal background. Members of both groups were accused and co-accused in several criminal cases registered jointly against them in the past. All were basically once close aides of gangster Sukha Badewalia, who got killed last year. After his murder, a rift developed between members of his gang and they formed their separate gangs.

On Monday night, Suraj Parkash and his friend Harpreet had gone to the house of Vicky Badewal where they had arguments and a minor scuffle. Later when Suraj and Harpreet reached the Hambran road, Vicky and his aides, armed with weapons, came there and attacked them. They also opened fire at them. One bullet hit near the neck of Suraj, who died on the spot, while one bullet hit Harpreet. He was undergoing treatment in a critical condition at a private hospital.

When asked about the reason behind the clash, the JCP said though both groups were once members of the Sukha Badewalia gang, after they parted ways, they had formed separate groups and started nurturing enmity against each other.

Deceased was suspect in gangster Sukha murder case

Suraj Parkash was also among the suspects in the murder of gangster Sukhpreet Singh, alias Sukha Badewalia, who was killed in Haibowal on May 8, 2023. He was then suspected to have fired at Sukha from close range. Since the registration of a murder case, Suraj had been at large. The police are exploring this angle that Sukha’s close aide could have targeted Suraj to take revenge of his murder. The latter had a criminal background as several cases, including loot, were registered against him in the past.

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