Police have identified the man who fired gunshots in the emergency ward of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College in Faridkot as the son of SAD sarpanch of Sewewala village Baljit Kaur. Chamkaur Singh,who fled the hospital on Tuesday,was arrested on Wednesday and has been sent to two-day police remand. Police have also booked 18 others on attempt to murder charges after a violent clash between SAD supporters had left one dead and 10 others injured.
In an unusual twist to the case,hospital authorities are yet to declare the lone deceased,Ranjit Singh,as being dead. SSP Faridkot Gurpreet Singh Toor stated that he was on ventilator while another victim Gursharanjit has been sent to DMCH,Ludhiana. Gursharan was also stated to be critical. The FIR against Chamkaur Singh was lodged following the statements of Gurbax Singh,who has also been admitted in the emergency ward.
Ranjits family members,however,blamed police negligence for the clashes. They are now demanding an enquiry. Violence erupted at Jaiton after two groups of SAD supporters,one owing allegiance to Punjab Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mantar Singh Brar and the other to former agriculture minister Gurdev Badal,clashed on Tuesday. Sources said tension had been brewing between the two groups after the SAD High Command appointed Brar as the incharge of Jaiton in place of Gurdev Badal.
In Jaiton,the two groups fought with sickles,rods and other sharp-edged weapons,so a case of attempt to murder has been lodged against 18 people. Chamkaur Singh has been booked in a separate case for opening fire in the emergency ward of the hospital, SSP (Faridkot) Gurpreet Singh Toor said. All the accused hail from Sewewala village. Police,however,remained tight-lipped on the political rivalry angle.