25 November, 2020

Unlimited Licence To Kill

The real culprit is the easy access a certain class has to firearms

Unlimited Licence To Kill

Militancy was uprooted in Punjab some time ago, but the sound of gunfire still ripples through the state. The new terrorism unleashed by the children of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen means that shots fired in the air are the familiar punctuation to marriages and drunken brawls. The killing of Jessica Lall, feel the police, was hardly an isolated incident.

Manoj Kumar, nephew of Mani Ram Godara, Haryana home minister, accused in the 1998 murder of Manjit Singh, is facing trial under Section 302. A month after Manjit’s murder, Aman Beniwal, nephew of Haryana mla Vidya Beniwal, asked his gunmen to fire at security guards at Picadilly Cinema in Chandigarh (owned, ironically, by Manu Sharma’s father). In March 1996, Kamal Deep Arora alias Bobby, son of the then Punjab minister Bhagwan Das Arora kidnapped a shopkeeper accompanied by his gunmen. The two security men were arrested; Bobby’s fate is unknown.

A Punjab police sub-inspector was wounded by Gurkirat Singh, grandson of former CM Beant Singh in August...



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