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Shaurya Chakra awardee who fought against terrorism shot dead in Punjab

He and his family had remained on the hit list of terrorists for years.

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Chandigarh:  Shaurya Chakra award winner Balwinder Singh, who had fought against terrorism for years, was shot dead by two unidentified men in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district, the agency news reported on Friday. He and his family had remained on the hit list of terrorists for years.

The security provided by the state government to the 62-year-old was removed a year ago on the recommendation of the local police, NDTV  reported.

Condoling Singh’s murder, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered a Special Investigation Team to look into the murder.

The SIT headed by the Ferozepur Deputy Inspector General would “probe all angles of the fatal attack on Balwinder Singh to crack the case and arrest the accused”, a statement from the Punjab Chief Minister’s office said.

The Chief Minister also directed Director General of Police, Dinkar Gupta, to ensure speedy investigation.

Captain Amarinder said the probe will take into account all possibilities. “Anyone found guilty of the murder would be dealt with strictly,” he added.

“Balwinder Singh was shot dead in his home around 7 am this morning. Two unidentified men were involved in the attack, one of whom went up to his house and shot him at point-blank range. He died on the spot. The details of the vehicle used by the two men and its registration number are being probed,” officer Gupta said.

Singh was known for fighting and surviving numerous attacks by terrorists on his home between 1990 and 1991. He had even erected bunkers on the roof of his house.

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