Akali village head murder case: Main accused arrested

Punjab police today arrested the prime accused in the murder of a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) village head and recovered a pistol from his possession.

Rajinder Kumar was arrested from Gholia Khurd village near power plant, and a 12 bore pistol used in the crime was also recovered from him, police said.

A police team arrested the accused while he was waiting for a bus, they said.

Kumar along with his two associates had murdered the SAD Sarpanch Beant Singh on the night of April 5 at Manuke village over old enmity.

According to an FIR registered on the complaint of Surinderpal Kaur, mother of the village head, her son Beant Singh (26) was shot dead by the three bike-borne persons.

Police investigation found that the head of Manuke village was facing four criminal cases. Two murder cases, including one in connection with former Akali MLA Malkeet Singh Keetu's killing in 2012, were also pending against him.