ASI Singh started shooting when the row became heated.
Indian kabaddi player Arvinderjit Singh died after being shot dead by police. The incident happened in Kapurthala, Punjab, on the night of May 7, 2020.
Following the shooting, an Assistant sub-inspector and his associate were arrested.
ASI Paramjit Singh and his associate Mangu were arrested and booked. ASI Singh was also immediately dismissed from the police force.
It was reported that ASI Singh got into an argument with six young men in a car at around 10 pm.
When the altercation became heated, ASI Singh fired his licensed weapon. He ended up shooting 27-year-old Arvinderjit who died on the spot.
Arvinderjit’s friend Pardeep was also shot, suffering an injury. Their friends avoided getting shot by hiding behind the car.
It was reported that the friends did not know Arvinderjit was dead. They took him to the hospital, however, doctors did not admit him, declaring that he was dead.
One of Arvinderjit’s friends told police they were in a car that was being driven by Dalbir Singh when they saw a parked car up the road.
The car had cloth curtains attached to the rear window so they became suspicious, however, they were unaware that it belonged to ASI Singh.
They followed the car until it came to a stop. ASI Singh got out of the car and an argument ensued.
The unnamed friend said that ASI Singh started shooting when the row became heated.
A case was registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Arms Act against ASI Singh and Mangu. A short while later, police officers arrested the two suspects.
Kapurthala SSP Satinder Singh said:
“The two groups had an altercation over the parked car of the ASI near the village. After the altercation got heated, the ASI shot the Kabaddi player.
“Both the ASI and his associate have been arrested. Further investigation is on.”
Arvinderjit Singh and Mangu were residents of Lakhan Ke Padde village. The kabaddi player had been returning home when the incident occurred.
Following the arrests, police seized ASI Singh’s weapon and car. The investigation is ongoing.
Meanwhile, the victim’s body was sent for a post-mortem and the police are awaiting the results.
Arvinderjit was an international kabaddi player, competing in various tournaments in England, Canada and the United States.
Kulwinder, a friend of Arvinderjit, said:
“The villagers are devastated. Since the vehicle had black film on windows, Arvinderjit and his friends suspected that something was wrong.
“So they chased the car. Arvinderjit had no enmity with anyone. He was the sole breadwinner of this family.”