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PU students vandalise car in Sec 69, open fire at CCTV

Both the victim and the accused are members of the Students’ Organisation of Panjab University.

The vandalised car of victim Inderpreet Singh Saini.
The vandalised car of victim Inderpreet Singh Saini.

A group of youths allegedly vandalised the car of a college student, tried to break into his house and opened fire at the CCTV camera installed outside his house in Sector 69 late Friday night. The incident was partly captured on the CCTV and four of the accused have been identified but are absconding.

The incident is suspected to have arisen due to personal rivalry between the two of them. Although the police denied it, sources said that the victim was part of one of the groups who had a verbal altercation inside the Mohali court premises on Friday afternoon.

The victim has been identified as Inderpreet Singh Saini, a student of BA-I at SD College in Sector 32. At around 10.30 pm on Friday, a group of four-five youths came outside his house, rang his doorbell, and asked for Saini. His mother came out and told them that he was not at home following which they went away.

However, a while later, they came back armed with baseball bats and smashed the Hyundai i20 car parked in the house. Then they tried to break into the interior of the house but one of them noticed a CCTV camera installed on the premises.

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He took out a revolver and allegedly opened fire at the camera but the bullet missed its mark and caused a hole in the wall. The CCTV camera partly captured the incident and Saini recognised some of the miscreants as Inderpreet ‘Parry’, Monty Shah, Chetan and Mani. SHO Gurdeep Singh said that a case of causing damage to property, housebreaking and opening fire has been registered under sections 427, 452 of the IPC and 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. “The two parties had been involved in a minor accident more than a month ago which caused rivalry between the two of them. We are verifying Saini’s allegations.”

Sources however said that Saini had gone to meet Rajat Sharma and some others who are accused of murdering an advocate last year and were being produced in the court.

“There was an altercation between Rajat’s group and another group led by former SOPU leaders Lawrence Bishnoi and Amandeep Multani. All the nine accused in the advocate murder case including Rajat are in jail. So it is a possibility that the vandalism was a fall-out of the incident and Saini was targetted by the rival group,” sources said.