Tarlochan Singh Bains from Canada arrested in property-related attack in Punjab

Phagwara (Punjab)(PTI): Two persons, including a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) from Canada, have been arrested for allegedly attacking a man over a property-related dispute at nearby Hardaspur village early Friday, police said.

Amandeep Singh was injured in firing and was hospitalized here.

Phagwara Superintendent of Police Parminder Singh Bhandal said Tarlochan Singh Bains, a Canada-based NRI, and Lakhvir Singh, a resident of Bathinda district, were arrested.

He said that Bains had given his ancestral house to Jinderpal Singh for living and taking care of it.

But when the NRI wanted Jinderpal to vacate his house, the latter got a stay from court, he said.

Bhandal said that NRI contacted Sarabjit Singh alias Babbu for getting the house vacated.

Babbu’s men broke open the door of the house and barged into it in the early hours and opened fire. Amandeep, a nephew of Jinderpal, was injured, he said.

The men also stole valuables from the house but these were recovered from another house of the NRI in Baba Gadhiya locality, he said.

Two double-barrel rifles, one country-made pistol, eight live cartridges, six swords, one spear and one SUV vehicle, which were used in the crime, along with one scooter, one motorcycle and other household items stolen from the house, were recovered from them.

Bhandal said Amandeep sustained injuries in his legs and arms.

Others will be arrested soon, the SP said.


IN another case involving an NRI from Canada, a 38-year-old man was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the kitchen of his house at village Panchhat near here, police in Phagwara said on Thursday.

Police identified the deceased as Gurpal Singh, who lived alone in the house.

When he did not come out of the house on Wednesday, his neighbours informed his elder brother Budh Singh, who lived in a ‘dera’ in Meghowal village in Hoshiarpur district, they said.

Budh Singh broke open the door of the house and found Gurpal lying dead in the kitchen, they said.

Budh Singh told newsmen that their parents had died a couple of years ago while other family members were settled in Canada.

He said that Gurpal Singh had also returned from Canada three years ago and lived at the Meghowal ‘dera’.

He said Gurpal left the ‘dera’ two months ago and started living in Panchhat village.

Panchhat Police Post incharge Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Jaswinder Singh said that Gurpal Singh’s body was sent for a post-mortem examination to the civil hospital in Phagwara.

“The cause of his death will be known only after the post-mortem report is received,” said the ASI.

Police has initiated a probe in this connection, he said.