KAMALE MIDHU, India, Jan. 8, Reuter: Police blamed militant’s for a revenge killing of a former colleague and suspected police informer in this small Punjab village, killing him, three members of his family and a servant on Friday.

They said Sewa Singh, 30, a former member of the militant Khalistan Liberation Force, was shot dead on Thursday along with his mother, eight year old son, cousin and housekeeper.

Police said eight to 10 gunmen had broken into the house of Singh, who was arrested late last year and recently released on bail, lined up the occupants und shot them.

More than 1230 people were killed last year and around 30 have already died in 1988 in the violence torn state of Punjab.

Police said the killers had recently turned their attention to those they suspected of disloyalty, ruthlessly killing them and anyone connected with them.

Police also found! The bullet riddled body of Dalip Singh, believed to be the brother of a village headman killed with his wife and two sons last month.

Dalip Singh was kidnapped on Wednesday in an attack during which his wife and a neighbor were injured,

Article extracted from this publication >> January 15, 1988