Congress leader shot dead in Punjab, India


Chandigarh: A local Congress leader was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Punjab state of India.

Unknown assailants barged into the house of the local leader, identified as Baljinder Singh Balli, at his residence in Moga district of the state and opened fire on him killing him on spot.

The incident was captured on CCTV installed outside Balli’s residence in Dala village. Balli was the Congress block president in Ajitwal.

Hours later, a Khalistan leader, Arsh Dalla, took responsibility for the murder in a detailed Facebook post. He mentioned that the Congress leader was behind his mother’s police custody, which motivated him to seek revenge.

Baljinder Singh Balli, who was getting his haircut done at his house, got a call from an unknown person who requested him to sign some documents. Assuming it to be a routine matter, Balli left his house to meet the caller. This is when two bike-borne assailants fired upon Balli before fleeing the scene.

The CCTV shows assailants fleeing the scene immediately after the attack, leaving Singh critically injured. He was then rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Local authorities were alerted to the incident, and the police have launched an investigation.

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