"an altercation ensued between the groups.”
A police investigation is underway after an Indian man was shot dead in a road rage incident in the early hours of October 10, 2020.
The incident happened in the town of Zirakpur, Punjab.
It was reported that the shooting happened when two groups of people argued over an issue involving overtaking vehicles.
The victim was identified as 35-year-old Anil Kumar, a resident of Himachal Pradesh. He worked as a lift repair mechanic and lived with his wife and 10-month-old son.
Inspector Gurwant Singh said that a group of men were planning to drop their friend Manu off after having dinner.
He explained: “Manu and his friends had celebrated the birthday of their friend.
“After having dinner, Manu’s friend went to drop him at his home at Maya Garden Society. Manu and his friends were in a Toyota Fortuner SUV and a Maruti Swift car.
“While they were on their way, two men and a woman who were also in Fortuner SUV started overtaking the Maruti Swift car, following which an altercation ensued between the groups.”
Subsequently, Manu called his elder brother Mani to the area. He and Anil soon arrived and got involved in the row.
Meanwhile, the other group called three of their friends to the spot and the road rage row continued.
During the argument, one man fired a gun at Mani and Anil.
Anil suffered two gunshot wounds and was immediately rushed to hospital, however, he died on the way.
Mani suffered minor injuries. He filed a police complaint after getting treatment.
In the preliminary report, police discovered that the perpetrators lived in a rented apartment in Zirakpur.
Mani told officers that the other group were intoxicated and one of them repeatedly said he was Happy Brar of Faridkot. Police have now registered a case against Brar and his five accomplices.
Anil’s father Yashwant said his son had gone to Zirakpur on October 9 to repair a lift.
He said: “He stayed with his friend Mani. Anil had a 10-month-old son. We came to know about the incident in the morning after Anil’s friends called us.”
Yashwant added that Anil was the youngest of his two sons.
SSP Satinder Singh said that all six people involved have been identified and have also recovered the vehicle.
He added: “Our teams are conducting raids. We shall soon arrest them.”