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 on Friday. He and his family had been on the terrorists’ hit list for years.
According to sources, the assailants attacked the 62-year-old inside his home and took five bullets. The family rushed Balwinder Singh to a hospital, where the doctors declared him brought dead, sources added.
“The Shaurya Chakra award winner, Balwinder Singh was killed today. Two people involved in the attack, one of whom went up to his house and shot him. We have filed a case and investigating it,” Senior Superintendent of Police Tarn Taran Dhruman Nimbale said.
The state government had removed the security provided to Singh, known for fighting and surviving numerous terrorist attacks on his home between 1990 and 1991, a year ago, on the recommendation of the local police. Balwinder Singh had even erected bunkers on the roof of his house.
According to a government citation, Singh and his family had survived a deadly attack involving at least 200 terrorists in September 1990. Singh, his brother and their wives fought off the terrorists, who had sophisticated weapons. They fought for five hours using their pistols and STEN guns provided by the government. And the terrorists finally retreated in the face of their resistance, the citation adds.
He received the Shaurya Chakra in 1993.
The bravery displayed by Singh and his family had earned them international acclaim.
Pro-Khalistan terrorist module
Last month the Punjab Police had busted a pro-Khalistan terrorist module with the arrest of two persons. They were allegedly operating in connivance with five criminals, including a KZF operative in Amritsar jail.
The police recovered six sophisticated weapons, eight rounds of ammunition, mobile phones and an internet dongle from the duo. They were arrested at the checkpost near Hotel Jashan on the Rajpura-Sirhind road by a police team.