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  1. http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/late-cm-beant-singh-s-grandson-dies-of-gunshot-wounds/243798.html Former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh’s grandson Harkirat Singh is suspected to have committed suicide with his licenced pistol at his Sector 5 residence here on Sunday. The family, however, claimed that he was cleaning the pistol when the incident occurred. Sources said Harkirat Singh (40) reportedly shot himself around 10.30 am after returning from a walk at the Sukhna Lake. His wife was present in the house at that time. Harkirat was rushed to the PGIMER by his security guards, where he succumbed to his injury. He had been suffering from depression. The post-mortem will be conducted tomorrow. Harkirat was the sarpanch of Kotli village in Ludhiana. He had met with an accident some months ago and was not keeping well since then. He was younger brother of Congress MLA from Khanna Gurkirat Singh and cousin of Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu. Harkirat is survived by his wife. The couple did not have a child. A pall of gloom descended on the Payal area when the news of death of Harkirat Singh (40), grandson of former chief minister Beant Singh, reached. Harkirat, sarpanch of Kotli village, was son of former transport minister Tej Parkash Singh. As per area residents, although Harkirat was having some health problems he was running the affairs of village panchayat smoothly. Taj Mohammed, an area resident, said Harkirat had met with an accident about 7-8 months ago and was having some health problem due to injury he sustained in his head during the accident. He said though Harkirat was under depression and his memory was affected by the accident, he was often seen in high spirits. He was fond of trees and had planted a number of trees in his fields besides village, Mohammed said. He was equally fond of sports and would organise a sports tournament in the village every year. About two months ago, he had organised a tractor-tochan competition in the village, where a large number of tractor owners had participated. Harkirat’s grandfather Beant Singh was the Chief Minister of Punjab from 1992 to 1995. On August 31, 1995, 73-year-old Singh was killed in a suicide bomb blast at the entrance of the Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal expressed profound grief and sorrow over the demise of Harkirat. Congress general secretary in-charge party’s Punjab Affairs Shakeel Ahmad and Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh also condoled Harkirat’s death. Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, Charanjit Singh Channi, also condoled the death of Harkirat Singh. “Harkirat was very polite and humble in nature and he was a very good human being,” Channi said in his condolence message here. With PTI inputs I was disappointed with this news....i was hoping it was the other grandson of h@rami beant, ravneet bittu, but oh well. That family is nutin short of a disgrace and embarassment. No sympathy from me and the panth no doubt
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