One killed, three injured in firing in election rally

Chandigarh/May 16
A Congress activist was killed while three other suffered injuries in Punjab’s Bathinda district after unidentified armed men opened fire at a Congress-PPP election rally for ongoing panchayat elections scheduled to take place on May 19.
Police sources said that more than 10-12 persons opened fired at an election rally in Rampura Phul area of Bathinda in which a Congress activist Jasvir Singh was killed while a PPP party, Lakhbir Singh suffered bullet injuries.
“More than 50-60 rounds were fired from various in the attack and police have recovered around 30 spent rounds from the attack site,” sources said.
Though Congress leaders are terming the attack as political vendetta, meanwhile, police officials are terming the attack as a case of personnel rivalry between Lakhbir Singh alias Lakha and jagseer Singh alias Seera.
A PPP leader, Lakha had came to address an election rally in favour of Congress Party’s Zila Parishad candidate Malkiat Singh and Malkiat brother Rajwinder Singh also suffered injuries in the attack. The third injured have been idenitified as Balbir Singh, a close associate of Lakha.
“All the injured have been rushed to a nearby hospital where the trio is undergoing treatment and the condition of Lakha is said to be critical,” said the police.
Police officials say that the incident was a part of personal enmity and the assailants have chosen the election rally for the attack to avoid any suspicion.
Police have registered a case in this regard and they have launched a manhunt to nab the accused.