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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Residents shoot video as priest dies crying for help


Residents shoot video as priest dies crying for help

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 8

Balbir Kumar, a 50-year-old priest of Baba Balaknath Mandir, was murdered in the early hours here today.

Sources said some armed assailants had attacked the priest, who was found profusely bleeding at 3.30 am by a sevadar.

They claimed that the priest was alive after the attack, but no one immediately came to his rescue or took him to hospital as everyone was busy shooting his video. It was after much delay that an ambulance was called. The delay caused his death as he had lost lot of blood due to injuries from sharp weapons.

Balbir’s wife and his son were away to Haryana. While the temple is located at crowded Khatika Mohalla, Sadarpur, in Kartarpur, neighbours said they did not see any assailant.

Police sources said a Jammu-based devotee, who is a regular visitor to the temple, is suspected to be behind the attack. Witnesses said the priest had also mentioned a Jammu-based man before succumbing to his injuries.

An FIR has been lodged under Section 302 IPC against unidentified persons. DSP Kartarpur Ranjit Singh said, “The attackers fled after committing the crime. Their identity is not known yet, but we are following leads to crack the case.”

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Sources claimed that the priest was alive after the attack, but no one immediately came to his rescue or took him to hospital as everyone was busy shooting his video. It was after much delay that an ambulance was called. The delay caused his death as he had lost lot of blood.

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