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Youth facing dozen criminal cases shot

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Tribune News Service
Muktsar, October 22

Four armed men today shot a youngster, facing nearly a dozen criminal cases, at Aulakh village in Malout subdivision here today.

The victim, Ranjit Singh, alias Rana, along with his pregnant wife had gone to see a doctor when the four assailants, three of whom had followed him in a car, opened fire, killing him on the spot.

Linked to SOPU ex-prez killing?

  • Unidentified person(s) in an FB post from account of SOPU ex-president Gurlal Brar, who was shot in Chandigarh on October 10, claimed responsibility for murdering Ranjit Singh, alias Rana
  • The post said Rana played a role in Brar's murder. "You planned to take his (Brar's) place after killing him," it said, tagging gangster Lawrence Bishnoi
Ranjit Singh, alias Rana

Sources said it was a premeditated attack as the assailants blocked the traffic with their car and sped away within 30 seconds of firing nearly 15 rounds at Rana, who was seated in his car.

Rana, a resident of Barkandi Road in Muktsar town, was said to be a financier. He was a former kabaddi player.

Sources said in 2015, two cases were registered against Rana in the district, including that of looting a marble truck and planning to commit dacoity. His close aide, Ajmer Singh, alias Jimmy Sidhu, was killed in an encounter with the Faridkot police in May 2016.

Sources said Jimmy and Rana were 'linked' to Jaipal Ferozepur's gang. Jaipal is the prime accused in gangster-turned-politician Jaswinder Singh Rocky's murder. At the time of Jimmy's killing, illicit liquor in huge quantity was recovered from Rana's house.

Further, Rana and gangster Jodha Kothaguru had spent some time in jail and were sent on police remand to the Bathinda CIA in June 2014.

SP (D) Rajpal Singh said: "We are investigating the killing from various angles. The deceased was facing 12 cases."

Sources said Rana was once considered close to some Akali leaders of Muktsar. However, he later became the poster boy of the Congress' student wing, NSUI.

from The Tribune

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