After a fierce gunbattle that lasted nearly an hour in broad daylight in Khiva Kalan village near here, four men were nabbed, leading to the cracking of a two-month-old murder case, said the police here on Saturday.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Surjeet Singh said the four men were the killers of Gurmeet Singh alias Lakhi, president of the Sherpur village truck union, who was murdered on February 24.
He said that on a tip-off, a police team raided an abandoned place near village Kot Doona where the men were hatching a conspiracy to commit a dacoity at liquor vends and petrol pumps. "Seeing the police, the accused drove towards Bhikhi town in their white Maruti Swift (PB-19H-6998)," he said, adding that as the cops fired a shot and punctured a tyre of the car, the men abandoned the vehicle and ran towards the fields nearby, firing shots at the police.
"The shootout continued for around one hour in which Chamkaur Singh and Dalwinder Singh were injured and arrested. Three others managed to flee, two of whom were arrested on Saturday afternoon," the SSP further claimed. The two men arrested on Saturday are Bikram Singh and Jasvir Singh, when they were coming towards Barnala on a motorcycle, according to the police. Jaspreet Singh remained at large.
"All these men are members of the dreaded Kala Mann group, and are facing more than 20 cases at different police stations," he said.
The police recovered two .12 double barrel pistols, a .315 bore pistol, a 7.65 bore pistol and 20 live cartridges from the arrested men. Swords, daggers and iron rods were also recovered from their car.
The police have registered a case under sections 399, 402 and 307 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 250 of the Arms Act.