At 11am, Middukhera was about to sit in his Toyota Fortuner SUV after meeting a property dealer in the market, when two men holding pistols opened fire. The former president of Students Organisation of India (SOI) — a student wing of SAD active in Panjab University (PU) — threw an object at one of the shooters and ran for cover. The two chased and gunned him down. The murder was caught on a CCTV camera. Middukhera had got married two years ago.
Two men start firing at Vicky Middukhera as he comes near his SUV in Sector 71 of Mohali on Saturday
Police said four armed men had reached the parking in a white-colour Hyundai i-20 car. Two of them remained in the vehicle, while the others went after Middukhera as soon as he reached near the door of his SUV.
“Middukhera received around nine bullets. He died on the spot. We are checking CCTV footage from the market too. Cops are investigating the murder from all possible angles,” SSP Satinder Singh said.
Police have not ruled out gang rivalry. Cops suspect Gaurav Patial alias Lucky, a member of the Bambiha gang, to be behind the killing. Patial is believed to be in Armenia. Patial felt Middukhera was close to the Bishnoi gang, sources said. The Facebook post of Bambiha gang bolstered the theory.
In the post, the gang posted a picture of Middukhera with Bishnoi, writing that he was close to their rival group and Patial had warned him. The post alleged Bishnoi gang had killed two Bambiha aides Gurlal Bhalwan and Rana Sidhu on information provided by Middukhera. The gang also claimed he used to provide phone numbers and details of Punjabi singers and other businessmen to Bishnoi for extortion.
In a statement, SAD said the killing was the direct result of the “free rein given to gangsters by the Congress government”. The party demanded an independent probe to unmask the conspiracy. Former minister Bikram Singh Majithia demanded an internal inquiry to ascertain the laxity in administering law and order in Mohali leading to the incident.
Was bishnoi informer, used to give singers’ details for extortion:
Devinder Bambiha gang in a Facebook post claimed Bishnoi gang had killed two Bambiha aides on information provided by Vicky Middukhera.
The gang claimed Middukhera used to provide phone numbers and details of Punjabi singers and other businessmen to Bishnoi gang for extortion
After the murder of former SOPU leader Gurlal Brar in October 2020, Bambiha gang had owned up to the murder in a FB post
It had then claimed that Brar was associated with Bishnoi gang
Two hour search in Purab apartments:
On the hunt for murder suspects, police said they received information that they might be hiding in Purab Premium Apartments, Sector 88. A police team conducted a search in the society for more than two hours. Residents said around 10-15 cops in plain clothes reached the society, searched the complex and scanned parked vehicles.
No one safe in punjab, gangsters operating at will, says SAD:
In a statement, former SAD minister Bikram Singh Majithia said the broad daylight killing proved that no one was safe in Punjab. “The law and situation has deteriorated to such an extent that kidnappings, extortions and shootouts have become an everyday event. The government has become powerless to act against the gangsters who are operating at will.”
Was active in Panjab University:
Vicky Middukhera had been the president of Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) in Panjab University
Sukhbir Singh Badal of SAD had later appointed him as the president of Students Organisation Of India
YAD president Parambans Singh Romana said Middukhera was a popular student leader during his time in PU