BATHINDA – A gangster-turned-social worker, Kulbir Naruana (39), was on Wednesday morning shot dead allegedly by his former personal gunman Mandeep Singh Manna at his house in Naruana village here. Naruana’s cousin Chamkaur Singh too died after being shot at and run over by a car while another person was injured.
A notorious criminal, Manna was a part of the Naruana gang for the last 20 years.
Sources said Manna came to meet Naruana at his house in the morning and told him to sit in his SUV as he wanted to talk about compromise with him. After he entered the car, Manna fired four shots on Naruana.
As Manna tried to flee, Chamkaur rushed to stop him. Manna opened fire on him and also ran over him with his SUV. Both Naruana and Chamkaur died on the spot. Naruana aide Gurpreet Singh also sustained a bullet injury and is undergoing treatment at a private hospital. His condition is serious.
The bodies of Naruana and Chamkaur were taken to the Civil Hospital. Later, the bodies were handed over to the families after the post-mortem examination.
Bathinda SSP Bhupinderjeet Singh Virk said, “Kulbir Naruana was an ‘A’ category gangster in police records and he was out on bail. He had some dispute with his associate Manna who came to meet him regarding a compromise, but he fired shots on Naruana and his cousin”.
He said, “After killing Naruana, Manna, who was intoxicated, fled towards the Badal road, but he was not able to drive as he had suffered a bullet injury when Naruana’s associates retaliated. He was found lying on a road near Ghudda village and arrested.”