An accused, who had allegedly thrown a youth before a running train in April this year, was nabbed by the police on Sunday with 800-gm of narcotic powder.
Reported to be a member of the notorious Mohini gang, Sonu Nagar alias Bhoonda is a resident of the Field Gunj area.
The police said Sonu was involved in several criminal cases, including extortion, murder, robbery and kidnapping.
The police have also recovered an illegal automatic pistol and two live cartridges from his house.
Reportedly, Sonu used to be a police informer earlier. Sources said that's why the police had shown reluctance to arrest him.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, addition deputy commissioner of police (ADCP), city-1, Nilambari Vijay Jagdale, and assistant commissioner of police (central) Ramneesh Choudhary said the CIA staff zone-1 had arrested the accused with narcotic powder in his possession.
The ADCP said the accused was a drug addict and a dealer. He said the accused had tried to kill a youth by throwing him in front of a running train in April this year. He said it was a case of enmity between them, and the accused had attacked the youth earlier as well.
The accused, the police said, had admitted that he was involved in several incidents of crime. He had recently looted Rs 4.3 lakh from a group of gamblers operating from a hotel near the Subhani Building area.
The ADCP said the nature of the recovered narcotic powder was yet to ascertained. The police have sent the sample of the narcotic to the forensic science laboratory.
Separate CIA staff for zone-1
The police have set up a separate crime investigation agency (CIA) staff for zone-1. In fact, the staff of this agency arrested Sonu soon after its formation. The staff would be investigating the cases of seven police stations.
The police commissionerate Ludhiana has already has two CIA staff members.
Jagdale said with the increasing population of the city, the department felt the need of setting up more investigation agencies. The other three zones of the city would also get their own CIA staff soon.
Jagdale said the police had set up this wing on the lines of police commisisonerates of
Faridabad, Gurgaon and Mumbai.
The CIA staff zone-1, comprising eight policemen, will work from the building of police station division no. 2. Inspector Gurpreet Singh, station house officer (SHO), police station division no. 2, has been heading the CIA staff zone-1.