Even as the commissionerate police have been groping in the dark for almost four months trying to find a single lead about gangster Daljit Singh Bhana’s whereabouts, the rural police claim to have got a vital link in the murder of Simranjeet (23) and Deepansh (19) who were killed outside a gym at Tara Singh Avenue in Basti Baba Khel of the city on February 26. The rural police claim that gangster Jagdeep Singh, alias Jaggu, was also part of the gang who opened fire at the two youths.
The revelation of Jaggu’s involvement has put a question mark on the investigation theories of the commissionerate police.
Jaggu’s name was not in the first information report (FIR) registered after the attack against Bhana, Dalbir Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Balbir Singh, Gurbaj Singh, Sukhdev Singh under various sections of the IPC and Arms Act at the Basti Bawa Khel police station on the statements of Deepansh’s uncle Ashwani Kumar.
A senior officer of rural police said during the interrogation of Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Gujian village, and Manpreet Singh of Teja Khurd village in Gurdaspur who were arrested with weapons on Monday, it came to the fore that Jaggu was a close friend of Daljit Singh Bhana.
“Bhana and Jaggu came in contact through dreaded criminal Sukha Kahalwan who is presently lodged at the Nabha Jail. When Jaggu escaped from police custody, he met Bhana outside,” the officer added.
Gurdeep and Manpreet revealed that when Bhana attacked Simranjeet, Deepansh and Randeep, Jaggu was present with him, the officer informed.
He said it was clearly evident that Jaggu and Bhana were in contact with each other and both would be nabbed soon.
Jaggu, the gang kingpin, has been mainly active in Majha region, especially in Gurdaspur, Amritsar and other border towns. He is also a proclaimed offender. He is facing as many as 16 criminal cases — four murders and 12 attempt to murder.
Deputy superintendent of police (DCP) Naveen Singla said he would look into the case.
On Monday, the Jalandhar rural police arrested Gurdeep and Manpreet, both accomplices of Jaggu with two .315 bore rifles and as many rifles of .12 bore and .30 bore each besides 15 cartridges. Jaggu managed to flee from the spot.
The police have failed to arrest Bhana, a proclaimed offender and whose gang has been active for 10 years.
Various teams of city police were sent to Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to nab him and his accomplices, but no avail.