Cong councillor shot dead by gangsters in Amritsar

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The Hush Post: A Congress councillor in Amritsar was allegedly shot dead by three armed persons at Gole Bagh stadium here on Saturday evening.

Gurdeep Singh Pehalwan, councillor from ward number 50, had gone to the stadium for his wrestling practice, when he was fired at by three persons at around 7.15 pm.  He reportedly sustained six bullet injuries, three in the stomach. Pehalwan went to the akhara every day for practice and was always accompanied by 4 gunmen. When the incident took place his gunmen were not around. “Before fleeing the arena, the accused also opened fire in the air. As many 17 shots were fired,” ADCP Lakhbir Singh said.

He had received threats from gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria in July, 2015. Sanjeev Kumar alias Babba was killed by Jaggu’s gang in Batala in 2014. Pehalwan was considered close to Babba. Another notorious gangster who was caught recently had hinted that Gurdip Pehlwan was on Jaggu’s hit list.

About 2,000 people gathered around the Amandeep Hospital where Gurdip was brought.  Extra forces had to be called to keep any untoward incident from happening. Despite the DGP of the state being present in Amritsar at the time of the incident and a high alert in the city in wake of the June 6 Operation Bluestar anniversary, the gangsters managed to kill a councillor which puts a question mark on the level of police preparedness.

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