A heady cocktail of blended scotch whisky and "humiliation" made Sangrur resident Jora Singh shoot Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University vice-chancellor (V-C) Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia with his licensed .32 bore revolver on Monday, the suspect's interrogation revealed.
Jora, 48, who was arrested on Wednesday in the shooting case, reportedly told the police that he wanted to take "revenge" on Ahluwalia for "humiliating and insulting" him when he had gone to meet the V-C last week to get a relative admitted in the university.
Jora told some mediapersons that he met the V-C after getting a "recommendation letter" from a senior SAD leader and former MP to get his relative admitted in the university.
A resident of Khanauri town in Punjab's Sangrur district, Jora told the police that he had "a heated argument with the V-C during his visit to the university last week", Ludhiana range deputy inspector general of police MF Farooqui said.
Revenge on his mind, he bought a bottle of Vat 69 in Khanauri on August 1, got into his Fiat Punto with his gun and asked the driver to take him to Fatehgarh Sahib, where the SGPC-run Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University is located, the police said.
He started drinking the whisky in the car.
The Fiat was damaged after it hit a rock near Adampur village so he took a lift in another car till Sirhind town in Fathegarh Sahib district. From here he hired a Tata Indica taxi that took him to the university. He then waited for the V-C near the campus — and had some more Vat 69, the police said.
The shooting occurred on Monday afternoon at around 3.30 pm when Ahluwalia reached the varsity's reception area. Jora who was reportedly waiting there called out "V-C sahib" to get Ahluwalia's attention. He then fired twice, the first time in the air.
The second bullet, fired from close range, hit the V-C in the jaw. Ahluwalia was not available for comment as he is being treated at Chandigarh's Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research. With the arrest of Jora, however, speculation that Sikh radical groups may have been behind the attack would be put to rest.