Notorious gangster Akul Kumar alias ‘Khatri’ escaped from police custody at Aur town here on Thursday after his four accomplices attacked the two cops who were accompanying him in a taxi.
Khatri was being taken back to the Faridkot jail from where he was brought here in connection with a hearing in a case.
Sources said the cops, who had brought Khatri to Nawanshahr in a bus, hired a taxi from Chandigarh chowk here for the return journey. When they reached outside a marriage palace in Aur, Khatri allegedly faked illness to divert attention of the cops.
As cops took him out of the car, a white Ford Endeavour arrived there. Three masked men alighted from the vehicle and told cops to hand over Khatri to them. When constable Chamkor didn’t budge, one of the assailants opened fire at the cop, leaving him critically injured. The assailants later fled from the spot along with Khatri.
The role of the second cop, Paramjeet Singh, has come under the scanner as he allegedly stood a mute spectator when Khatri was being taken away by his accomplices.
The attackers also snatched Chamkor’s AK-47 that was later thrown away.
The injured cop has been admitted to the civil hospital with bullet injuries on his thigh.
Nawanshahr police officials rushed to the spot and recorded the statement of cops.
Inspector general of police Arpit Shukla told the Hindustan Times that a manhunt had been launched in nearby districts to nab the accused.
Khatri is facing two cases of attempt to murder and four under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act in various police stations. He is a member of Jaggu and Goru gang and was lodged with them in the Faridkot jail.
On January 30, a picture of Goru and Khatri was uploaded on former’s Facebook page.