Three unidentified assailants shot dead a local Congress leader in the Model Town area here on Friday morning.
Ashok Kaka , 58, who was former president of District Congress Committee and former chief of Haryana Goldsmith and Jewellers’ Association, was taking morning walk along Double Park here around 6.30 am when the assailants, who reportedly came on motorcycles, fired at him.
Eyewitnesses told HT that three men fired one shot each at Kaka and fled. Kaka was rushed to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), where he was declared brought dead.
Kaka also headed the Haryana State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation Limited (Hafed) in Rohtak a few years ago and was considered close to former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Police said prima facie, a property dispute with his nephew seemed to be the reason behind Kaka’s murder.
Based on his family’s complaint, police have apprehended a man, identified as Iqbal, a resident of Rohtak, who had threatened Kaka a couple of days ago over the property dispute, Rohtak SP Shashank Anand told HT. “Iqbal knew Kaka well, but his family claims that of late, he had taken his nephew’s side,” the SP said.
Kaka had registered a complaint against his family members over the land dispute in 2013, investigating officer of Model Town police station Rajbir Singh told HT.
The police also got hold of CCTV footage wherein the killers are seen running away after the incident.
Anand said the police were in the process of releasing sketches of the assailants. “A special investigation team (SIT) has been formed and a probe is under way,” Anand said.
Kaka’s body was sent for post-mortem examination, which reportedly revealed gunshot injuries on left rib, right eye and chest.
He was cremated in the afternoon and his funeral was attended by BJP MLA from Rohtak Manish Grover and various Congress leaders.
A Congress party worker said Kaka, who was actively leading the ongoing jewellers’ protest against the imposition of excise duty, had recently met finance minister Arun Jaitley to demand its rollback.
Claiming that there was no law and order in the state, Hooda on Friday threatened to call a Haryana Bandh if the BJP government in the state failed to arrest Kaka’s killers within 72 hours. Talking to mediapersons here, he said, “I warn the government if Kaka’s killers are not arrested within 72 hours, the Congress workers will call for a state bandh.”
Hooda said people in the city had been feeling scared ever since the BJP government assumed power in the state and Kaka’s murder in “broad daylight was an example of the government’s failure,” he said.