Jodhpur: SOG to investigate Vasudev Israni murder case
Known criminals including Lawrence Bishnoi and Harendra Choudhary could be behind the firing, police suspect.
Last Updated: February 1, 2018, 1:40 pm
Jaipur: Rajasthan police’s special operations group (SOG) will investigate the incident of firing at mobile showroom and departmental store owner, Vasudev Israni in Jodhpur. DGP Ajit Singh Shekhawat issued orders to this effect on Monday. As the sensational murder case has organized crime written all over it, the SOG will launch an interstate probe to catch some gangsters. Related story: Jodhpur to remain closed in protest of Vasudev Israni murder There were reports that known criminals including Lawrence Bishnoi and Harendra Choudhary could be behind the firing. Lawrence Bishnoi’s gang is active in Punjab, but it may have tied up with Harendra Choudhary, one of the most wanted criminals in Jodhpur, to extort prominent businessmen in Jodhpur. The Jodhpur police has been trying to catch Harendra Choudhary for the past three months when his name cropped up in the firing at Vasudev on March 2. Vasudev had been shot at three months ago. The victim had a narrow escape at that time. Vasudev was the owner of Padamaraj Department Store and Mobile Showroom in a posh market, just 50 meter from Sardarpura police station, in Jodhpur. He was pulling the shutter of his shop down around 11 pm when two criminals came there on a bike and fired. One of the bullets pierced the victim’s body. One of his helpers who was with the victim. also sustained bullet injuries on his hand. The criminals who were masked fled from the spot. Vasudev was rushed to a hospital where he died due to excessing bleeding. As the involvement of an organized gang is being suspected, the probe has been handed over to SOG. According to reports, he had been getting threats even after the first attempt on his life three months ago. Harendra had allegedly called him on his mobile phone 15 days ago and demanded protection money. He informed the police about the threat. Several businessmen have received threats from gangs of criminals in the recent past. Related story: Jodhpur: Mobile trader shot dead for not paying ‘protection money’ Related story: Jodhpur to remain closed in protest of Vasudev Israni murder
First published: September 18, 2017