At least 36 persons, several of them armed, critically injured two supporters of former Cabinet Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan in one of the busiest localities of the town this morning.
A group of 30-odd persons attacked and injured Qadian mandal BJP chief Kamal Jyoti and Gurdaspur SAD general secretary Paramjit Singh Sohal, a former vice-president of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD). Cornered, Kamal Jyoti and Paramjit fired shots into the air to scare away the miscreants. Sekhwan rushed to the Qadian Civil Hospital where the injured were taken for treatment. A visibly shaken Sekhwan said the attackers belonged to a group owing allegiance to Jarnail Singh Mahal. The victims were taken to the Amritsar Civil Hospital as their condition worsened.
Police sources said the warring groups, one owing allegiance to Sekhwan and the other to Mahal, had a long-standing