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    Punjab :4 dead as 2 rival groups open fire at each other in Batala


    Tensions between two groups of villagers in Batala, escalated tragically last night, resulting in the loss of four lives. The fatal conflict occurred in Vithwan village, where opposing factions engaged in an exchange of fire that left two casualties from each side.

    Police reports indicate there were thirteen individuals total involved in the two parties. Though the root cause remains under investigation, it is believed longstanding differences boiled over into deadly violence. When negotiations broke down, attendees opened fire on one another in a chaotic confrontation.

    Emergency responders were called to the bloody scene late Sunday. In addition to the four fatalities, medical teams also treated eight others for injuries sustained during the altercation. One individual remains hospitalized in critical condition. Law enforcement has launched a probe into the tragic deaths, with the goal of preventing any further escalation or retaliation between the opposing groups.

    Locals express shock and sadness over the loss of life in their small, traditionally peaceful community. Many hope this tragic incident can become an opportunity for reconciliation and healing divisions. Going forward, community leaders appeal for calm through open dialogue instead of aggression or further conflict. The entire region mourns the four lives cut short through senseless violence.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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