The district police claimed to have arrested three members of a gang of thieves here on Sunday. Two members of this gang are still absconding, the police said. The police claimed that this group of thieves had been active in Punjab for the last few years and has committed more than 40 lootings and robberies.
Gurinder Singh Dhillon, DIG, Ludhiana range, said the three were arrested with joint efforts of the CIA staff and the Punjab Police personnel.
The arrested have been identified as Sukhdeep Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Harminder Singh, are residents of Chhehrata village in Amritsar. Those who are absconding are Jadgeep Singh and Gurpreet Singh, residents of Amritsar and Muradabad, Uttar Pradesh, respectively. One Honda City car and 3 firearms including a 1 revolver and 2 pistols with some live ammunition have been recovered from them.
The three arrested were already on bail in some cases of robbery in different cities of the state. The group had also robbed a resident of resident of Mohali of Rs 8 lakh and Bolero car.
In September 2014, they had stolen a Honda City car, which was recovered from them with a fake number plate. Recently in January, they stole Rs 85,000 from a wine shop. They used to commit robberies at gun point.
The CIA staff and the Punjab Police personnel nabbed them in Mandi Gobindgarh on a clue when they travelling in the Honda City car. "First, They tried to abscond by hitting the vehicle of the police with their Honda City, however, we succeeded in arresting three of them," said the police.
They have also admitted to have robbed a jewellery shop at Phagwara in December 2014, a police official said.
Senior superintendent of police Gurmeet Singh Randhawa said when they were arrested, they were planning to commit a robbery in Haryana.
The police have registered a case under sections 399 (making preparations to commit dacoity) and 402 (assembling for the purpose of committing a dacoity) of the IPC and have started further investigation.