Mystery over firing at Mukesh’s son

Mystery over firing at Mukesh’s son
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In a mysterious incident of firing that took place on Friday morning, Moola Vikram Goud, son of a former minister in the united Andhra Pradesh Mukesh Goud was injured in the upscale Banjara Hills area in Hyderabad. Police suspect that it was more of suicide attempt as Vikram was neck-deep in debts.

Hyderabad: In a mysterious incident of firing that took place on Friday morning, Moola Vikram Goud, son of a former minister in the united Andhra Pradesh Mukesh Goud was injured in the upscale Banjara Hills area in Hyderabad. Police suspect that it was more of suicide attempt as Vikram was neck-deep in debts.

According to the police, the incident happened at around 3.30 am at Gayatri Hills area. This incident became a challenge for the police as the family members claimed that Goud was shot at while he was waiting for his wife Shipali and children inside the hall at his house to go to the nearby temple to perform a puja.

But when the Crime Laboratory Ultimate Evidence System (CLUES) team was pressed into service, the police could not find any such proof.

The police said that Shipali had claimed that someone rushed into the hall, fired at Goud and fled the spot. Shipali, who was getting ready in her bedroom upstairs, rushed down into the hall soon after hearing the gunshots and found her husband lying in a pool of blood.

With the help of the watchman and driver, she immediately rushed Goud to Apollo Hospital at Jubilee Hills. He sustained bullet injuries on his right shoulder, stomach and spinal cord.

The doctors removed three bullets from his body and declared him out of danger. Neighbours said only Vikram and his wife Shipali and their children were in the house at the time. Vikram's security guard was sleeping in the outhouse.

Police are yet to find out who exactly fired the gunshots. According to Commissioner of Police Mahender Reddy, ten teams have been formed to probe into the case.

What was interesting in the case is that none of the family members, including his father Mukesh Goud was willing to speak about it and soon several theories started making rounds. It is learnt that Vikram was in heavy debts and the pressure to return the money was high.

The debt could be around Rs 30 crore, police suspect. He had also lost huge amounts by providing finance for some films and had also produced couple of them.

He is learnt to have financed about 15 candidates in the GHMC elections. It is said that there are 39 Whatsapp messages in his mobile demanding repayment of loans taken by him which range from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 35 lakh.

The police also took the investigation from the angle of possible suicide attempt and believe that it was more of a suicide attempt.

The CLUES team collected residue of gun powder from his hands and sent it to forensic laboratory. What baffled the police was the hurry in which the blood spots were cleaned in the house even before the police reached there. There is no trace of any attack by an outsider, claim the police.

Vikram, according to police, does not possess a gun licence. It is also a mystery as to how he got the weapon. The police seized the weapon from Vikram’s house along with a cartridge and two empty shells. The weapon is said to be a crude 7.69 pistol.

The police are also trying to find out if he has any links with the ongoing probe into the drugs case. Vikram is said to be a partner in a pub in Madhapur. He was following the developments in the drugs case very closely.

However, his name had so far not figured in the list of those who were served notices by the SIT. Police is also trying to find out the links between Vikram and film director Puri Jagannath. Puri was among the first to have called on him at hospital on Friday soon after the incident.

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