An Akali sarpanch, Bhupinder Singh, was shot dead by his NRI brother over a property dispute in Ludhiana on Tuesday morning when he was waiting in his SUV for a gym to be opened.

Police said Bhupinder, 45, who was the sarpanch of Jhammat village in Ludhiana district, was shot five times at point-blank range by his younger brother Narinder Singh, who is a Canadian citizen, and his accomplice Soni Ghawaddi at 6am when he was waiting in his Innova.

The accused fled after committing the crime.

Bhupinder received bullet injuries in the head, chest and stomach.

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