The Fazilka police claimed to have arrested four members of an interstate gang of criminals and seized firearms and heroin worth Rs 1 crore from their possession. They were arrested amid firing of gunshots.
Giving details, Paramraj Singh Umranangal, inspector general of police, Bathinda zone, said that late Wednesday night, a police team had put up a naka at Rajpura village in Abohar, a subdivision of Fazilka district. When the team tried to stop an approaching car, it hit the barricades and its 4-5 occupants ran away from the spot, he said.
Immediately, the entire area was cordoned off and more policemen were mobilised to nab the criminals who were spotted near the Shatter Wala turn, 6 km from Fazilka. When the police surrounded them and asked them to surrender, they allegedly opened fire on the police team and again tried to flee, but were overpowered, informed Umranangal, accompanied by Amar Singh Chahal, DIG, Ferozepur range, and Swapan Sharma, SSP Fazilka.
Four of the apprehended accused were identified as Lawrence Bishnoi, Ravinder alias Kaali of Mohali, Shekhawat alias Shekhu of Bhedhia in Haryana and Surinder Sharma of Dabwali.
During search, heroin worth Rs 1 crore, a .38 bore revolver, a .30 Chinese mouser, a bullet-proof jacket, two .32 bore pistols, a 9mm automatic pistol, a .315-bore rifle and an automatic carbine rifle, besides arms and ammunition.
There are about 21 criminal casesregistered against Lawrence Bishnoi at Chandigarh, Mohali, Haryana and Rajasthan while Ravinder was booked in 15 cases in various parts of neighbouring states besides Punjab.
Lawrence had recently visited Nepal to procure sophisticated foreign weapons and was mostly operating from New Delhi, added Swapan Sharma.