Tarn Taran, October 16
Two armed men shot dead Balwinder Singh Bhikhiwind, a Shaurya Chakra awardee, at Bhikhiwind, 35 km from here, on Friday.
Balwinder, 62, who had Leftist leanings, for years had fought bravely against terrorism and was repeatedly attacked by militants in the terror-infested area. He had even erected bunkers on the roof of his house.
According to information, no sooner did Balwinder open the gate of the school he used to run than the men who were waiting for him fired at him. He took five bullets in all and was rushed to hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
Police have reached the spot and are working on various theories.
SP (Operations) Jagjit Singh Walia said the attackers came in a four-wheeler, while others claimed they were on a motorcycle.
Balwinder’s was an example of how some people fought terrorism in Punjab’s hinterland. He even trained his children for this. His exploits made it to the international media, including National Geographic.