Property dealer beaten to death in Dera Bassi

Rajesh Kumar, a 42-year-old Dera Bassi-based property dealer was beaten to death by some unknown persons with bricks and sharp-edged weapons at Gulabgarh road, Dera Bassi, on Thursday night.

The police have booked seven persons, including a mandal president of BJP, on charges of murder, on the complaint of the deceased's brother. While people rounded up a few persons for questioning, the hunt for the others is on.

The family members and city residents refused to cremate the dead body and demanded that the police arrest the main accused. They raised their demand by blocking the Chandigarh-Ambala National Highway on Friday and raised slogans against the police and the Administration.

Later, the protestors placed the dead body of Rajesh (Bittu) in the middle of the highway and continued the protest.

It was in the evening that SP Headquarters DS Mann along with Duty Magistrate cum Tehsildar Mandeep Singh Dhillon and ADC JS Sabharwal managed to convince the family to cremate the body.

Talking to Newsline, SP Anil Sharma said that Rajesh Kumar's brother Ramesh Kumar, resident of street no 6 of ward no 1, Dera Bassi, in his complaint, said that his brother Rajesh came to his departmental store at around 8:30 pm on Thursday to discuss the court cases against him, because he had a hearing in court next day. After the discussion, Rajesh walked away towards his home.

However, after some time, neighbours told Ramesh that his brother was lying in an injured condition in street number 6.

Ramesh reached the spot and rushed Rajesh to Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi from where he was referred to GMCH-32, but on reaching there the doctors declared him dead on arrival.

According to the doctors, Rajesh died due to severe head injury and loss of excessive blood. Ramesh Kumar has alleged that BJP mandal president Rakesh Mehta, secretary Joga Singh Jawaharpur, Harbhajan Singh Happy, Rakesh Bansal Gurmail Singh, Ranbir Singh and Shiv Kumar murdered his brother.

Ramesh also said that his brother was fighting a number of cases against them in the Dera Bassi Court. The case against Rakesh Mehta and Joga Singh was to come up for hearing Friday.

The seven have been booked under Section 302 of IPC. Police have recovered a number of bricks with blood marks from the spot and investigations have been initiated, said the SP. Rajesh is survived by his wife and two children.

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