Jagdeep Singh alias Jaggu, a dreaded gangster and part of Bhana gang which opened fire on three youths and killed two of them in the city, was in the city for three weeks but both the city and rural police forces failed to nab him.
Top sources in the police department said Jaggu was spotted in Jalandhar cantonment locality and a police officer had also informed his seniors about Jaggu's camping, but nobody took the information seriously. Sources added the gangster lived at his friends' accommodations for this duration.
The sources further added that Jaggu, the gang kingpin, was mainly active in Majha region, especially in Gurdaspur, Amritsar and other border towns. He was also a proclaimed offender and was facing as many as 16 criminal cases, including four for murder.
Jaggu is wanted by rural police in a case where they had arrested Gurdeep and Manpreet, both accomplices of Jaggu with two .315 bore rifles and as many rifles of .12 bore and .30 bore each, besides 15 cartridges in June this year. Jaggu managed to flee the spot.
City police have been tracing Jaggu in the murder cases of Simranjeet (23) and Deepansh (19) who were killed outside a gym at Tara Singh Avenue in Basti Baba Khel on February 26.
The revelation of Jaggu's camping has put a question mark on the investigation theories of the commissionerate and rural police.
While Jaggu was not named in the FIR registered against Dalbir Singh Bhana and his accomplices under various sections of the IPC and Arms Act on the statements of Deepansh's uncle Ashwani Kumar, his name surfaced later in the investigation.
During the interrogation of Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Gujian village, and Manpreet Singh of Teja Khurd village in Gurdaspur, both of whom were arrested with weapons on June 23, it came to the fore that Jaggu was a close friend of Bhana.
"Bhana and Jaggu came in contact through dreaded criminal Sukha Kahalwan who is presently lodged at the Nabha Jail. When Jaggu escaped from police custody, he met Bhana," the sources added.
When contacted, DCP Naveen Singla said he was not aware about Jaggu's camping in the cantonment locality and claimed regular meetings were held to discuss the progress in Bhana's case. He added security had been provided to the families of the victims and arms licenses to witnesses in this case.
SSP (rural) Narinder Bhargav was unavailable for comments. The police have failed to arrest Bhana, a proclaimed offender whose gang has been active for 10 years.