Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered a Special Investigation Team to look into the murder of Shaurya Chakra award winner Balwinder Singh, who had fought against terrorism for years.
Mr Singh, 62, was shot dead by two unidentified men in his home in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district today. He and his family have been on the hit list of terrorists for years.
The security provided to him by the state government was removed a year ago on the recommendation of the local police.
The SIT headed by the Ferozepur Deputy Inspector General would “probe all angles of the fatal attack on Balwinder Singh to crack the case and arrest the accused”, a statement from the Punjab Chief Minister’s office said.
Condoling the death of Mr Singh, the Chief Minister directed Director General of Police, Dinkar Gupta, to ensure speedy investigation in the case.
Taking serious note of the incident, Captain Amarinder said the probe will take into account all possibilities. “Anyone found guilty of the murder would be dealt with strictly,” he added.
“Balwinder Singh was killed today. Two unidentified men were involved in the attack, one of whom went up to his house and shot him at point blank range. He died on the spot. The details of the vehicle used by the two men and its registration number are being probed,” officer Gupta said.
Mr Singh was known for fighting and surviving numerous attacks by terrorists on his home between 1990 and 1991. He had even erected bunkers on the roof of his house.