Police in Punjab believe the killing of Shiromani Akali Dal youth leader Vikramjeet Singh could have been an act of revenge connected to his suspected ties to gangsters.
The former Students Organisation of India president, also known as Vicky Midhukhera, was killed in broad daylight in Mohali on Saturday.
“The assailants had sprayed bullets at Midhukhera and around nine bullets had hit him. It could have been out of personal enmity. Although we are working on other theories, revenge killing seems to be the plausible reason,” a police officer said.
Sources in the police said that they were investigating the link with the murder of Rana Kandowalia, a gangster, who was allegedly killed by Lawrence Bishnoi gang at a private hospital in Amritsar last week.
“The rival gangs of Bishnoi were aware of Midhukhera’s political connections and believed that Midhukhera used to help Bishnoi. This killing could also have a link with the killing of Rana Kandhowala. Bishnoi gang was allegedly involved in killing Rana. So the rival gang could have targeted Midhukhera for avenging the killing,” the officer said.
Sources said that though Midhukhera was never directly involved in any criminal activity, his closeness with Bishnoi could have made him a target.Another police officer said that Midhukhera was a soft target and by killing Vicky, the rivals wanted to deal a blow to the Bishnoi gang.
Mohali SSP Satinder Singh said that their teams were working on the case and nothing more could be disclosed at this point.
Midhukhera was cremated at his village of Midhukhera in Muktsar district on Sunday.
SAD alleges PCR vehicle was near crime scene, police deny.
SAD leader Charanjeet Singh Brar alleged that a PCR vehicle was parked at some distance from the crime scene at the time of the incident.
Asserting that there was no PCR vehicle present near the crime scene, SSP Satinder Singh said that these were false allegations and a PCR vehicle had arrived after receiving the call and taken Midhukhera to a hospital .