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Violence rocks Amritsar after MLA kin kills local

Oct 26, 2007 06:21 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Violence erupted at a police station in Amritsar, Punjab, on Friday after a man was allegedly shot dead by a kin of an MLA on Thursday night. Angry mob pelted stones, destroyed police vehicles and damaged a petrol pump owned by the MLA. The deceased, Shankar Dass, died after he was allegedly shot in the Valmiki-dominated Lahori Gate area by a man following an altercation. The accused is absconding, but he is said to be a close relative of Akali Dal MLA Raminder Singh Bularia. Angry mob damaged and looted 50-odd shops and scores of vehicles in Hall Bazar, Katra Jaimal Singh, Hathi Gate any other localities under police station D-Division area. City SP Kaustubh Sharma, who visited the affected area, said police force has been deployed in the affected localities and the situation, though tense, was under control. Police has, meanwhile, registered a case against the accused, who has been identified as Harjinder Singh alias Bonny Hill. Police said the incident occurred around 0100 hour when a group of people stopped the Innova car that Harjinder was driving, leading to an altercation. Congress activists led by former Deputy Speaker Darbari Lal, former Parliamentary Secretary Rajkumar, ex-MLA Harjinder Singh and many other leaders staged a ‘dharna’ outside the D-Division police station, demanding immediate arrest of the accused. Dr Rajkumar has also issued an appeal to people to maintain peace and harmony, especially in view of the day being the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Valmiki, who stood for high moral values.

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