Shootout over parking space, 1 dead in Mohali

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In what started as a heated argument over a parking space, a 33-year-old advocate was shot dead and two others grievously injured by a group of at least a dozen men in Phase 3A of Mohali, on Wednesday. The victim, Amarpreet Singh alias Lucky, is the nephew of area councilor Manjit Singh Sethi. Sethi's son Gaganjot Singh and his friend Simarjit Singh were injured during the indiscriminate firing by the miscreants. The two are in critical condition.

Two of the miscreants were caught by the residents of the area on the spot. The police has also recovered two weapons from the spot.

The incident took place at 8 pm when Amardeep along with Gaganjot and their friends were standing outside their house (Number 285) in Phase 3A. Onlookers told Chandigarh Newsline that they had an argument with a group of boys who were living as paying guests in a neighbouring house (Number 282). The argument was over parking of cars outside the houses.

Manjit Sethi, who also lives next to Amarpreet, said he saw the group arguing in the evening. "The argument seemed to have ended and I came out to call them inside for dinner at around eight. But my nephew and son were planning to go out for dinner with their friends. I had just gone back inside the house when I heard shots being fired. I ran out and saw at least 9-10 boys armed with pistols and revolvers running towards that house. I grabbed one of them and threw him on the road. He had a pistol in his hand. Then I realised that my nephew and son had been injured. I left that man there and rushed to bring everyone to the hospital. The other residents of the area had also come out by then," he said.

Two of the men who allegedly fired the shots were caught by the local residents on the spot while the others ran away in the cars parked outside. The two have been handed over to the police. The police also recovered two vehicles belonging to the accused. The police have also recovered two weapons from the spot and two from the arrested boys.

Residents added that arguments between the two groups were going on for the past two days and a heated fight had taken place this afternoon. Amarpreet, Gaganjot and Simranjit asked the group of boys not to park their cars in front of their house. "They had at least five cars. They had come here recently and said they were from Amritsar," said Manjit.

Amarpreet is survived by his wife and son. Gaganjot and Simarjit have had the bullets removed and are critical.

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