An undertrial roped in two men to execute a murder from jail. This is the common thread the Panchkula and SAS Nagar police have found in their investigations in the murder of bouncer Amit Sharma alias Meet, who was shot dead by two assailants near a Saketri temple on Monday, but they are yet to make any arrest.
Gagandeep Singh, the alleged mastermind and prime accused who is already lodged in Punjab’s high-security Nabha jail in an arms case, has been grilled in this connection.
Though all theories being floated point towards Gagandeep and his accomplices, sources say these revelations are still not backed by sufficient evidence.
It was the Panchkula police which first claimed that Meet’s old business rival Gagandeep along his two associates Sonu Shah and Surjeet Singh executed the murder and then they began the process to get his custody from the Nabha jail. SAS Nagar police had arrested Gagandeep in Kharar last year on charges of illegal supply of arms.
But Panchkula cops faced embarrassment when a day after Meet’s murder, their SAS Nagar counterparts got Gagandeep’s custody and then claimed that he planned the killing from inside jail with the help of Amandeep Singh Mani and Harjinder Singh Ladi, both from Zirakpur.
“It would have been nice on the SAS Nagar police’s part if we were allowed to get Gagan’s custody since the murder took place in our jurisdiction. But their hasty behaviour and eagerness to take credit has made the matter complex,” said a senior Panchkula police official.
“We still are not sure whether Mani and Ladi are the real killers and it will be known only when we get Gagandeep’s custody,” he said. SAS Nagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kuldeep Singh Chahal said, “We only acted swiftly in the case on a tip-off and shared all their inputs with our Panchkula counterparts.”
- Amandeep Singh Mani and Harjinder Singh Ladi are involved in petty crimes earlier and it is for the first time that their names have figured in a murder case. A Zirakpur police official said Mani has been working as their informer for some time after he was acquitted in past cases. He has gone into hiding since his name cropped up in Amit’s murder case. Ladi worked as an electrician before he got involved in brawls. His family is said to have disowned him already.
VICKY GOUNDER LINK STILL UNEXPLORED
The police of both cities are tightlipped on the alleged links of Punjab’s dreaded criminal Vicky Gounder with this murder. Vicky and Gagan both met in Nabha jail. Amit’s aides have also denied having any direct conflict with Vicky.
Mahender Singh, incharge of Mansa Devi Complex station where this case is registered said that Gagan will be in their custody on Monday as their application is already accepted in local court.
Panchkula police say Solid Manpower, a firm supplying bouncers to clubs, run by Gagandeep, who along with Sonu Shah and Surjeet Singh had business rivalry with Amit Sharma’s firm The Black Bull, leading to the murder.