Sukhchain Singh,a 32-year-old granthi at Darbar Sahib Tarn Taran and an employee of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC),was shot dead on Wednesday morning after he reportedly tried to stop two men from attempting to steal a motorcycle of a devotee.
The incident,which occurred at 6 am,took place merely at a distance of 50 yards from the Darbar Sahib complex. Sukhchain had intervened when two unidentified men were dragging a locked motorcycle towards the street with an apparent intention to commit theft,said police. Suspecting foul play,he confronted them. As a few more people started gathering at the spot,one of the accused took out a weapon and shot at Sukhchain above his waist. Following this,they fled.
Sukhchain was taken to a hospital in Tarn Taran from where he was referred to the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar. He died on the way.
A resident of Sabhran village near Patti in Tarn Taran district,Sukhchain is survived by his wife and son. Tarn Taran SSP Manminder Singh said,The police were investigating the case. The assailants will soon be arrested.
SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar,in a press statement,has condemned the incident and asked the police to arrest the assailants at the earliest.