Chandigarh: A dreaded gangster's recent confession of a murder committed by him in Amritsar, on social networking website Facebook, has now come as a major embarrassment for the Punjab Police.
According to IANS, in a chilling Facebook post, gangster Saraj Sandhu had recently admitted to killing Hindu Sangharsh Sena leader Vipan Sharma.
Not only this, the gangster, who is wanted by the Punjab Police in connection with the murder, also appeared to be suggesting that the "killing should not be linked to religion".
Sharma was killed on October 30 and Sandhu has been on the run since then.
Left red-faced over the gangster's candid Facebook post, the Punjab Police is said to have started an investigation into the matter.
"We are verifying whether the gangster has uploaded the post or someone else has done it for him. He must be in touch with some people," IANS quoted a police source as saying.
Justifying the killing in his Facebook post, Sandhu had claimed that it was carried out to seek revenge.
The gangster further claimed that Sharma was involved in a conspiracy to kill his friend's father.
The Punjab Police had, last week, arrested Sukhraj Kaur, Sandhu's mother, from her home in Sultanwind near Amritsar on charges of harbouring her son and other criminals.
In the chilling CCTV footage obtained by the Punjab Police in connection with the case, Sandhu can be seen pumping seven bullets into Sharma.
A close aide of Sandhu was also seen firing at Sharma. He had his face covered.
Sharma was killed in broad daylight on October 30. Since both killers were wearing turbans and bearded, the police were working on the angle of Sharma being targeted by Sikh radicals.
In the past two years, a number of Hindu leaders have been targeted by pro-Khalistan elements trying to re-emerge in Punjab.
Sharma, who was the district president of Hindu Sangharsh Sena in Amritsar, was shot dead in the Bharat Nagar area near Batala Road.
At least four assailants were involved in the attack, the police said later.
Last week, the police busted a terror module operating in Punjab which was being linked to the killing of Hindu leaders in the state.
Five members of the module were arrested and weapons were recovered from them.
More arrests are likely to be made in this connection.
The terror module is being linked to pro-Khalistan elements based in Britain, Italy and Canada.
With IANS inputs