On Wednesday, in the encounter with in Moga with Chandigarh police, Sukhdev Singh and aide Inderpreet Singh ‘Gora’ got serious injuries and were taken to the Moga civil hospital. Doctors at the emergency ward declared them dead. The autopsy was conducted by a panel of doctors on Thursday evening and found 15 bullets in Sukhdev’s body — four bullets in the head, seven on the legs and four in the chest and stomach. Gora had nine bullets in his body. Sukhdev was cremated at Moga while his Gora was cremated at his native village near Moga on Thursday evening under heavy police presence.
Sukhdev lived a life of crime, controversy
Sukhdev Singh, known with the suffix ‘Car Bazaar Wala’, who was gunned down along with an aide by Chandigarh police on Wednesday, had a long history of criminal cases and controversy.
Named in 11 cases, he was not just allegedly involved in drug smuggling and real estate business but had brought controversy to former Punjab DGP PS Gill after he was caught on camera with Sukhdev. Those were the days when the former top cop was flexing his muscle to contest the Punjab assembly election from Moga.
While his picture appeared in newspapers with the former DGP, the police were at the time conducting raids to nab him in an old case of criminal intimidation and firing, in which Sukhdev, along with Sumittar Singh, Rajwinderpal, and Jaswinder Singh, was a declared proclaimed offender.
It was believed that Sukhdev had succeeded in getting support of prominent Akali leaders within a short period and was allegedly using the clout for his real estate business.
Sukhdev’s aide Gora was his gunman with the past eight years. Gora’s father Chhinder Singh said, “My son was a loyalist of Sukhdev Singh. When Sukhdev wanted to go outside the district, my son accompanied him. Sukhdev paid sufficient money to my son, and my son gave father-like respect to him. But I assure you that my son cannot be involved in any illegal job because Sukhdev also had a humanitarian’s heart.” He demanded a CBI inquiry into the encounter.