Patiala: A trial court awarded life term to eight members of Uday Singh group of the Shiromani Panth Akali Budha Dal (Panjwan Takht) for killing four members of Baba Balbir Singh group on the premises of Baba Budha Dal in September 2007.
The court also convicted four family members of Balbir Singh for attempt to murder and awarded them 10 years in jail. The court acquitted 15 others.
Those awarded life term are Ravinder Singh alias Ranjha, Shahid Singh, Kartar Singh, Ranjit Singh, Kulwant Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Kikkar Singh and Jagsir Singh. The court held Baldev Singh, Vishpartap Singh, Dayal Singh and Laxman Singh guilty of attempt to murder and awarded them 10 years in jail. Counsel for Baba Udhay Singh group Brijinder Singh Sodhi said they would move the high court against the judgment.
On September 21, 2007, Udhay Singh along with Baba Surjeet Singh, who was incharge of horses of the sect, came to visit an ailing Santa Singh on the Budha Dal premises. But they were stopped by supporters of Balbir Singh who said he was too ill to meet anyone. This led to a clash between the two factions. Udhay Singh and his supporters fired indiscriminately at their rivals.
Four members of Baba Balbir Singh’s family — father Assa Singh, sons Jagdish Singh and Bhajan Singh and nephew Karamjit Singh – were killed.
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