Haryana Congress leader and party’s state unit spokesman Vikas Chaudhary was shot dead in Faridabad on the outskirts of national capital Delhi today (Thursday, June 27) morning by unknown assailants.
The attack, as seen in the footage of a CCTV camera that captured the scene, took place just as Choudhary was parking outside a gym that he was known to frequent in Faridabad’s Sector 9. A car came by and two assailants came out. One went to the driver’s side of the car and fired some rounds while the other man came from the other side and fired through the windscreen.
Both shooters managed to get away despite the presence of several people on the road at the time – around 9a.m.
Vikas Chaudhary was rushed to a local hospital but was declared dead on arrival.
“Doctors tried their best to save him… Our entire team was there but he had been shot too many times… We could not save him,” Dr Saurabh at the hospital was quoted in media reports as having said.
The doctor said the autopsy would give a clear picture of the number of bullets that hit the 38-year-old. Dr Saurabh, however, added that doctors who treated him had spotted at least 10 bullet wounds.
It is not clear from the CCTV footage if the assailants had followed him to the gym or were lying in wait. But the footage shows the two assailants being dropped off in a white sedan even as Vikas Chaudhary was parking his SUV. Media reports quoting the police said four men were involved in the crime, and they came in a Maruti Suzuki SX4 car.
Vikas Chaudhary, who is the state unit’s spokesman, is said to have been close to Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar. He started his political career with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in the party’s youth wing. He crossed over to the Congress in 2015 when INLD ignored his claim for a ticket in Haryana’s state elections and fielded a BJP turncoat.
The Congress hit out at the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government over law and order in the state. “It is not in my knowledge right now,” the Chief Minister was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “The murder of the Congress spokesperson in Faridabad is condemnable, shameful and sad. This is a reflection of the deteriorating law and order in Faridabad.”
“It’s ‘jungle raj’. There is no fear of law. Same kind of incident happened yesterday, where a woman who opposed molestation was stabbed. There should be an investigation,” Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.