A man allegedly shot twice at his father at their residence in Sector 36 on Sunday afternoon following a heated argument over family property, and then surrendered to the police. Luckily, the father escaped with two grazing bullet wounds.
Police has seized the licenced revolver used in the crime and found two bullet casings on the spot. It registered a case of attempt to murder against the son, who was at loggerheads with his father over their ancestral land in Sangrur district in Punjab, said to be worth Rs 200 crore.
The father was identified as Kesar Singh, in his early 70s, who retired as an executive engineer of the Punjab Mandi Board in 2001 and lives in the Sector 36 house with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. He was shot by his son Harminder Singh, who is around 50.
The incident took place around 1.30 pm, when the two were arguing over the property in the drawing room. Harminder’s cousin Maan Singh was visiting the family to mediate in the dispute.
Kesar Singh’s grandson Gurkamal Singh said, “My grandfather and father were present in the drawing room along with my uncle, grandmother and sister while the rest of us were in another room. We heard two gunshots and rushed to see our grandfather who was bleeding. My sister and uncle rushed him to GMSH 16.” The house is being renovated and several labourers working in the house heard the shots and rushed in. “We often hear them arguing and quarrelling in the house but things took an ugly turn today,” said a worker.
The police was informed, but Harminder himself drove to the nearby police station to surrender himself. A forensics team collected two empty cartridges from the drawing room.
The police also recovered the .32 bore revolver Harminder used in the crime; it had four live cartridges.
According to the police, Kesar received two grazing wounds — on the right shoulder and the left leg — and is out of danger. “He’s conscious and stable,” said a family member.
Inspector Bhupinder Singh, SHO of the Sector 36 police station, said, “We have registered a case of attempt to murder and under the Arms Act, investigation is on.” “The son told us that they have property worth Rs 200 crore in their ancestral village in Sangrur. The son said that he was not being given his share which had led to the dispute. Kesar has no other son,” said ASP Urvija Goel.