An accused in the murder case of Congress sarpanch Rajwinder Singh Grewal “Ravi Khwajke”, Dharminder Singh Gugni of the Kala Hawas gang has reportedly told police that he had two options — to kill or be killed.
Khwajke was killed to reportedly avenge the murder of rival gang leader Kala Hawas. The leads gathered from Gugni suggest the contract to kill Khwajke was given to gangster Davinder Bambiha “Davinder Shooter”. Gugni is under police interrogation in the Central Jail here since February 25. Later, police also brought accused Karamveer Singh over on production warrant, and on Monday, secured two more days from the court to grill them. Seven accused remain at large.
After the murder of student leader Kala Hawas on September 6, 2014, the two gangs had many gunfights. Last month, Gugni was arrested in an attempt-to-murder case and sent to the Ludhiana Central Jail. Khwajke pursued the case against him. Gugni has told police that he was afraid that once he got out, Khwajke would kill him, so he first tried to smuggle in firearms for his safety but when these were seized, he hired Davinder Shooter and his gang to kill Khwajke on February 20. They shot the Congress sarpanch 14 times at a marriage function on the Malerkotla road.
Sadar station house officer (SHO) inspector Amandeep Singh Brar said the attempt would be to establish whether or not Khwajke’s murder was contract killing but a manhunt was on for the rests of the accused. Police had booked nine people in the murder case.