AMRITSAR: In a bizarre incident a leader of Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and his accomplice were arrested Thursday for allegedly killing a police official who had objected to them harassing his daughter, police here said.
Giving details the Police Commissioner Ram Singh said the main accused, Ranjit Singh Rana, was arrested from the border belt of Amritsar district Thursday morning along with another accused. Rana had been stalking assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Ravinder Pal Singh’s daughter for the last few days.
Two other accused in the killing of Ravinder Pal are absconding, police said.
The ASI was allegedly shot dead by Rana and his accomplices after he objected to his daughter being subjected their harassment Wednesday, near Chheherta Chowk on Wednesday. The ASI’s daughter was also injured in the incident.
Police Commissioner Ram Singh told media that the police officer’s daughter, who is a bank employee, had told her father that Rana and his men would stop her on her way to office and pass lewd comments. The ASI objected to this and confronted the youth. Following an argument, Rana fired at him and his daughter and left them injured.
Eyewitnesses told the police later that Rana had initially shot at the athe ASI’s legs but he and his accomplices came back to the spot in a jeep after about 20 minutes with a rifle r and shot at the ASI in the chest from close range, killing him on spot. Ravinder Pal was rushed to a private hospital where he was declared dead.
It is reported that the Akali Dal expelled Rana, who is a general secretary of the district unit of the party.