Punjab gangster bragging of murder on Facebook gets hundreds of views, ‘likes’

Videos glorifying Jats and the love for guns are not new in Punjab. But do such videos picture the truth, or are mere fiction? Decide for yourself.

punjab Updated: Feb 17, 2017 21:41 IST
Prabhneet Kaur
Prabhneet Kaur
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Gangster,Dalvinder Singh,Babli Randhawa
Gangster Davinder Singh alias Babli Randhawa led a group of five gangster and murdered a financier in Sangrur on Feb 16.(Photo: Facebook)

A Punjab gangster’s videos on Facebook singing popular songs about his ‘valour’ after killing his ‘rival’ and justifying his action while driving a car has garnered hundreds of likes on the social media platform.

Davinder Singh alias Babli Randhawa posted the four Live videos after murdering Hardev Singh, a 25-year-old financier, in Longowal city of Sangrur district on Thursday.

Eyewitnesses said the incident took place at about 10am as shops were opening for business and Hardev was crossing through the market.

They said a group of five gangsters led by Randhawa, who is out on bail, accosted Hardev and pumped five bullets into his head. After ensuring he was dead, they celebrated near his body and challenged the police to nab them.

According to sources, Hardev had lent Rs 5 lakh to Randhawa and there was a dispute between the two over the money.

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In his first video, he is seen singing along with the chorus of a song “Poore hosh vich maare fire Jat ne (Jat fired at his rival in his senses)”. Randhawa is seen singing the entire song that has been written by Sulakhan Cheema and sung by Kamal Grewal.

“Main ni kenda mere kolon bhul hoi aa, ho layi e ladai appan mull hoi aa (I don’t call my act a mistake. I have earned this rivalry),” the gangster mouthed the lyrics.

It got 6,200 views, 269 reactions, two shares and 50 comments by 7pm on Friday. “Attt (bravo),” Vicky Khan from Sangrur commented on his post.

In his second video, Randhawa goes on to explain why he killed Hardev. He calls Hardev his “pyara veer” (dear brother) who betrayed him and did not let him marry his girlfriend. He says he could not tolerate betrayal in friendship and adds that Hardev called him and insulted him and his friends. Hardev also tried to hit them with sticks and swords, he says.

“Film da trailer start kita e viraan ne merean ne... film da ‘the end’ aje bahut agge haiga (This is just a trailer by my brothers. ‘The End’ of this movie is too far),” he is heard saying.

He says it is to be seen now whether God helps him or not. “Otherwise, you people will come to my funeral.”

He even gets abusive and then apologises for it and ends the video — 6,200 views, over 200 reactions, and three shares by 7pm, Friday — calling the incident a regular affair. His friend Jaskaran Gill called both the videos brilliant, while many others also commented in his favour.

The third video with similar content viewed by over 6,400 FB users by 7pm, Friday.

Randhawa sings the chorus of a song sung by Geeta Zaildar in the fourth video that had 335 reactions, including likes; 11,000 views and 28 shares by the same time.

On the HT Punjab channel on YouTube, one of the videos had got over 23,000 views too.

“Sunde jehre fire goriye, mitran ne maare ne... (The noises that you heard, o beautiful, were of the bullets that we fired).” He then signs off, saying no matter whether he is alive or dies tomorrow, no one should shed a tear and that he loves everyone.

Senior superintendent of police Inderbir Singh said a manhunt has been launched to nab the accused. He said the police were trying to find out the location from where the accused uploaded the videos on Facebook.

First Published: Feb 16, 2017 23:31 IST