Tribune News Service
Mohali/Muktsar, August 7
Youth Akali Dal leader Vicky Middukhera was shot dead in broad daylight in Mohali on Saturday.
Four armed men fired around 10 bullets at the young leader in the Mataur market at around 10.30 am before fleeing the spot.
He tried to run away from the spot when two youths started firing at him, but the assailants fired more bullets at him.
SSP Satinder Singh and the DSP rushed to the spot.
Middukhera had come to meet his friend in an SUV near a property consultant’s office at a market in Mataur.
He was taken to hospital in a PCR van from the spot. Empty shells have been recovered from the spot. Police are scanning the CCTV footage from the area.
A rival gang, Davinder Bambhia's group, claimed the murder through a Facebook post later on Saturday evening. The post cited "personal rivalry" for the killing, and said Middukhera was working against the Lawrence Bishnoi gang despite several warnings.
Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Satinder Singh said police are still working on the case.
''No arrest has been made so far. Lucky Khuda Lahora, a gangster held up in a jail in Armenia, is one of the suspects in the case,'' he said.
Middukhera was a student leader and was once president of the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), Panjab University, Chandigarh. Later, he joined the SAD's student wing Student Organisation of India (SOI).
Following his mass appeal among the youth, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal had made him president of SOI's Chandigarh unit. He actively campaigned for the SAD in the Assembly and parliamentary elections in Punjab.
From his college days, he was known for amicably resolving disputes among students and youth in the tricity.
He had got married two years ago and was close to a number of MLAs in Punjab and Haryana besides to some Punjabi singers.
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