In the ongoing group rivalry between students of Government College,Ambala Cantonment,MA (first semester) student of Hindi Kewal was stabbed to death in broad daylight in the busy Kabadi Bazaar ares of Ambala Cantonment. Kewal (21),a resident of Jatwar village,Ambala district,was murdered by more than half a dozen people,including five students of his college,in full public view. The assailants later sped away on the motorbikes.
Those booked on charges of murder include Vijay Rana,president of the Government College students organisation,Simarjit Singh,Kaka,Sahil Khan and Sarabjit Singh. According to the police,Kewal and his friends had entered into a verbal altercation with another group of students,led by Simarjit Singh,in the college campus a few days ago. The two groups entered into a fierce clash on the campus about 10 days ago,in which Kewal and five of his friends were arrested on charges of rioting,assault and criminal intimidation. Kewal was recently released on bail by the Ambala court.
The incident took place at 2 pm,when Kewal was spotted alone near a dhobhighat outside the campus by Simarjit and his friends. According to the cops,the assailants kept on thrashing him with iron rods.
Kewals legs bore sharp injury marks which indicate that he was attacked several times by the accused,who tried to immobilise him so that he could not run away. But he still managed and the assailants began chasing him in the busy marketplace. When Kewal reached the Kabadi Bazaar area,he was caught by Simarjit who pushed him to the ground. Eyewitnesses told the police that four attackers kept on beating him and when he tried to react,they stabbed him. Kewal bled to death on the spot. His body bore deep injury marks in abdomen and chest which caused his death,said Ambala Cantonment DSP Baljinder Singh.
The onlookers informed the police about the incident but by the time the police reached the spot,the assailants had fled. Kewal was rushed to the Civil Hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.
Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the Civil Hospital where Kewals body was kept for post mortem examination. The victims family blamed the police and college administration for letting a normal tussle between college students result in the murder of their son.
The victims father Jasmail Singh alleged that although the police are deployed outside the college gate daily,today they were absent from their routine spot duty.
Kewal belonged to a middle class family. His father Jasmail Singh is an employee with the Public Works Department (PWD),Ambala,and owns a small portion of land in village Jatwar.
Kewals brother studies in the same college. According to the police,his parents were aware of his ongoing enmity with the other group of students and had warned him not to indulge in any sort of fight with anybody.
Special teams were constituted by the Ambala police to raid various villages to nab the accused. According to DCP-Ambala (Rural) P K Mehta,Since the accused have been identified,arresting them will not be a problem. They are not hardcore criminals but must have acted in a fit of rage. They will,however,have to face legal action for the crime they have committed. We hope to arrest the accused soon.