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Gangs ‘vow’ to avenge YAD leader’s murder

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8

A day after Youth Akali Dal (YAD) leader Vikramjit Singh alias Vicky Middukhera was gunned down in Mohali, various gangs took to social media vowing to ‘avenge his death’.

Student leader

Middukhera was elected SOPU chairman in 2013
He later switched over to SAD student wing, SOI
Sukhbir made him SOI prez of Chandigarh unit
SOI and allies swept the PU polls in 2015

Controversial figure

He was close to several controversial figures
Said to be part of gangster Bishnoi’s extortion ring

We are committed to ensuring peace. We are thoroughly looking into all cases. — Dinkar Gupta, DGP

The Davinder Bambiha gang had claimed responsibility for the murder yesterday. Today, its rival — the Lawrence Bishnoi group — posted on the Facebook: “Vicky Middukhera had no association with us, but those responsible for his murder should be prepared to pay for it.” Another post by gangster Sampat Nehra read, “We will avenge your death.”

A senior police officer pointed out that gangs couldn’t survive without political patronage. “This is why the Punjab Control of Organised Crime Act (PCOCA) is on the back-burner,” he added.

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