The Amritsar rural police claimed to have busted a gang of contract killers hired by a constable, posted in the 4th Battalion of Commando unit of Punjab Police, to eliminate his uncle.
Constable Ramandeep Singh has been arrested along with gang members Jaspal Masih, Nirmal Singh, Bau Singh and Amarjit Singh. Two other accused, identified as Money and Akash, are absconding.
Addressing mediapersons, Amritsar (rural) senior superintendent of police PS Virk said: "A police party had got information that the gang members, armed with lethal weapons, were planning to strike somewhere. Working on the tip-off, the police party raided the place where the gang members were sitting and nabbed five people, including constable Ramandeep Singh."
The preliminary questioning revealed that on the intervening night of November 20 and 21, the accused had attacked one Bhupinder Singh, uncle of constable Ramandeep Singh, with an intention to murder him and they also shot at him.
Though Bhupinder Singh survived after a long period of hospitalisation, the gang was committed to eliminate him, added Virk.
Constable Ramandeep Singh had hired contract killers to eliminate his uncle. For this task, he was to give Rs 6 lakh to the gang members. The SSP claimed that there was enmity between the constable and his uncle for long.
To a question, the SSP said: "A gang member, identified as Jaspal Masih, worked at a gun house in Ajnala. For attack on Bhupinder, he took weapons from the gun house and later kept arms over there."
"We have also recovered three pistols and one .12-bore gun along with some cartridges from the gang members," the SSP added.
Superintendent of police (D) Jadeep Singh, who was also present at the press conference, said: "We are looking into every detail and are trying to find out that whether the gang was involved in any other incident or not."