Shaurya Chakra awardee Balwinder Singh Sandhu who fought terrorism in Punjab was shot lifeless by two unknown assailants in Tarn Taran district on Friday, months after the federal government withdrew his safety cowl.
The motorcycle-borne males pumped 4 bullets into 62-year-old Sandhu when he was at his workplace adjoining his residence at Bhikhiwind within the district and escaped, police mentioned.
He was taken to the hospital the place medical doctors declared him “introduced lifeless”.
Sandhu had fought towards terrorism within the state for years, dealing with scores of terror assaults throughout the peak of Khalistani militancy.
Singh’s safety cowl was withdrawn by the state authorities a 12 months in the past on the advice of Tarn Taran police, his brother Ranjit mentioned, including their total household had remained on the hit checklist of terrorists.
Sandhu’s spouse Jagdish Kaur mentioned it was the “handiwork of terrorists”, sustaining that their household didn’t have any private enmity with anybody.
“The household all the time fought towards terrorists. As many as 62 assaults have been made on my household by terrorists. We made quite a few requests with DGP Dinkar Gupta for the safety cowl however all in useless,” she mentioned. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh condoled Sandhu’s demise and arrange a particular investigation staff headed by Ferozpur deputy inspector common to probe the killing.
The chief minister mentioned the SIT will probe the killing, taking all prospects into consideration.
The responsible is not going to be spared, he added.
Sandhu was killed by two unknown assailants at round 7 am, mentioned Director Basic of Police Dinkar Gupta, including the sufferer died on the spot.
A CCTV footage from the realm exhibits that two unknown assailants arrived at Sandu’s home, one in every of them entered the premises and fired at him from a degree clean vary. The small print of the automobile and its registration quantity are being ascertained, the DGP mentioned the DGP in an announcement.
An SIT has already been fashioned to nab the accused, he mentioned.
Giving particulars of the SIT, the DGP mentioned along with Ferozepur Vary DIG Hardial Maan, the staff includes Tarn Taran Senior Superintendent of Police Dhruman Nimbale and Bhikhiwind Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajbir Singh.
A case beneath related sections together with 302 (homicide) of the IPC and the Arms Act has been registered, he added.
The Tarn Taran braveheart additionally featured in some documentaries. Impressed by Sandhu and his household, many individuals adopted him and defended themselves from terror assaults.
The Union authorities awarded him Shaurya Chakra in 1993.
“Balwinder Singh Sandhu and his brother Ranjit Singh Sandhu are against the actions of terrorists. They have been on the hit lists of terrorists. The terrorists to this point have made 16 makes an attempt to wipe out the Sandhu’s household inside in about 11 months,” the quotation for the gallantry award mentioned.
“The terrorists attacked them in teams of 10 to 200, however each time Sandhu brothers with the assistance of their courageous wives Jagdish Kaur Sandhu and Balraj Kaur Sandhu have efficiently foiled the makes an attempt of militants to kill them,” it mentioned. Militants had attacked the household on January 31, 1990 for the primary time.
The household had confronted the deadliest assault on September 30, 1990 when round 200 terrorists surrounded their home from all sides and attacked them constantly for 5 hours with lethal weapons together with rocket launchers.
On this well-planned assault by terrorists, the method highway of the home was blocked by spreading underground mines in order that no assist from police might attain them, the quotation mentioned.
Undaunted, Sandhu brothers and their wives fought terrorists with pistols and sten-guns offered by the federal government. The resistance proven by Sandhu brothers and their relations pressured the terrorists to retreat, it mentioned.
All these individuals have displayed braveness and bravado of a excessive order in dealing with the assault of the terrorists and failing their repeated murderous makes an attempt, it additional says.