Akali councillor Paramjeet Singh Pammi, accused of killing Hindi journalist Kewal Krishan Jindal on Thursday, surrendered before Ludhiana police on Saturday morning.
The accused told police that he had no memory of the incident. He added that Dhuri resident Jindal was his “best friend” and at the time of the incident, both were sharing a drink.
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“Pammi said they were enjoying a few drinks on Thursday evening in his vehicle. They were examining his 0.32 bore licenced revolver when the gun went off,” said SSP Pritpal Singh, adding the weapon too was recovered.
Pammi told police he didn’t remember, being in an inebriated state, he couldn’t recall how the shot was fired. He also claimed that he took Jindal to a hospital soon after the incident where he was declared dead. He claimed to have panicked and ran away from there after hearing the news.
Jindal’s son Neeraj, however, claimed that Pammi owed his father Rs 10 lakh. He claimed that the SAD councillor shot his father when he asked him to return the money.
On the basis of Neeraj’s statement, an FIR was lodged against Pammi, who will be produced before a court on Sunday. Jindal was cremated on Saturday in Dhuri. Except AAP, no representative from the major parties attended the ceremony.
AAP, meanwhile, has announced that its chief Arvind Kejriwal will visit Jindal’s family on October 24, during his three-day visit to the state.
Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann condemned the incident and said, “It is high time that journalists came together and boycotted the Akali Dal.”