Police claim to have arrested three people regarding illegal sale and purchase of weapons, besides recovering eight foreign-made pistols which the police estimate cost Rs 2.5 crore.However, police have failed to trace the accused behind the robbery of 34 guns and 1,243 cartridges from a gun house on October 6 which is one of the largest incidents of theft of sophisticated weapons.
"The present case has no links to the theft of arms in Kotkapura in any way though the police busted this racket during investigation in the Kotkapura case," said Paramraj Singh Umranangal, IG Bathinda zone while briefing the media in the case.
"Parampal alias Pala and Lakshdeep were arrested near Chahal village on Monday night by a police party led by inspector Lakhvir Singh, incharge CIA staff, Faridkot. The accused were travelling in a Swift car and tried to flee by firing at the police party. One of their accomplices succeeded in fleeing," the IG said.
"After interrogation, police have also arrested Ranjit Singh, the owner of Kalyan gun house in Mansa, who was booked on Saturday along with the others in the case of illegal sale and purchase of imported weapons," the IG added.
Police reportedly busted the racket during the interrogation of notorious criminal Vikram alias Paras, who is in police custody. Paras was brought to Faridkot on Friday in an old case of snatching a Fortuner car from Kotkapura on gun point. A case in that incident was registered at Kotkapura on June 20 under Sections 392 (robbery), 397 (robbery and dacoity) and the Arms Act.
"Police have found out that the arrested had links with Paras and his gang which is active in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana, and the illegal weapons were being used to commit crimes," said Sukhdev Singh Kahlon, SSP Faridkot.
According to the police, Paras has about 14 cases of murder and eight cases of extortion against him. Officials also claim that Paras has disclosed during his interrogation that his gang had plans to kidnap singer Honey Singh and children of businessmen from Kotkapura for ransom.
The police had booked 12 people on charges of illegal sale and purchase of imported weapons, besides forging their documents to sell them as genuine. Another case has been arrested against the three accused under Sections 307 (attempted murder), 353(deterring public servant from duty), 189 (threat or injury to public servant) of the IPC besides the Arms Act on Monday.