A 22-year-old man, an alleged Ludhiana drug dealer, died on Tuesday after seven persons attacked him and his family over the “quality of drugs” that he had allegedly supplied.
Gurinder Singh of Malakpur Bet village was allegedly continuing his father’s “business” of supplying chitta (heroin). The police had booked Hardeep Singh, Gurinder’s father, under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act for smuggling. After he got bail, his family lodged him in a Patiala de-addiction clinic.
On Tuesday, according to Gurinder’s mother Chinder Bai who described him to be “an addict just like his father”, three men had come to their house at 2.30 AM demanding heroin. After consuming the drug along with her son, the “clients” complained of its “quality”, the price and a deal that was done earlier, police said.
A few hours later, seven persons came to their house and attacked the family – Gurinder, wife Sandeep Kaur, mother Chinder and two others, including an already paralysed Laxman Singh – with bats and sharp weapons.
The attack on Gurinder was particularly brutal. Police said Gurinder’s head was smashed in and a finger chopped off. His legs too were slashed with a sword, police added.
He was rushed to a civil hospital, from where he was referred to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Ludhiana. He died during treatment.
The condition of other members of his family, also severely attacked, were reported to be stable. The body of the victim was handed over to the family for last rites. Hardeep was brought from Patiala on Tuesday to attend his son’s cremation, said Inspector Amarjit Singh, SHO Haibowal police station. “We are yet to identify the accused as the family is busy with the victim’s cremation.”
Police claim that the family was notorious in the village for their drug business.
“Both Gurinder and his father were booked in drug cases and were later granted bail,” said Surinder Mohan, ACP (Gill).
“Drug business is their only source of livelihood,” said another policeman.