Sarpanch’s daughter shot during dacoity
Daughter of Manohar Singh, sarpanch of Jandi village, 25 km from here, was shot dead by two dacoits at the house of her maternal aunt late last night.
The dacoits, who entered the house after scaling its outer wall, killed Reetu when she resisted the attempts of the dacoits to loot valuables of her maternal aunt and held out a threat to them that her father, who was sarpanch of the village, would not spare them.
Police sources said the dacoits used a 9 mm pistol in the crime. This kind of weapon was being used by the Army, paramilitary forces and the Punjab police. The empty cartridge was recovered by a police team headed by SP (D) Balbir Singh Khaira.
Khaira, when contacted, said Reetu was in the house of her maternal aunt Neelam Rani. Surinder Singh, husband of Neelam, was away to work.
The dacoits entered the house at around 9.30 pm by scaling the outer wall. First, they took money from Neelam Rani and then started demanding other valuables, including jewellery.
When Reetu resisted their attempt, she was slapped and then fired at by one of the dacoits. The bullet hit her on the left side of the chest and she died on the spot. A case in this connection has been registered under section 460 of the IPC at Dinanagar police station.