Attack by a rival gang left the Haria gang kingpin dead and two of his aides injured opposite the Division-B police station here on Wednesday evening.
The accused Bobby Malhotra, who presently heads the Sonu Kangla gang, is also the prime accused in the murder of Karanbir Singh, whose bullet-riddled body was found from a drain near Dugri village of Tarn Taran district on Tuesday. Karanbir, too, is reported to have been associated with the Haria gang.
Sources said the Sonu Kangla gang targeted Haria at a marriage palace situated on the 100-foot road, but he managed to escape.
Shopkeepers at the Sultanwind gate chowk, where the police station is situated, said they saw Haria along with half a dozen aides speeding towards the area on bikes around 6.15pm.
Haria reportedly had injuries on his head and face and was being followed by members of the rival gang on bikes.
After catching up with Haria’ gang, the rival gang members fired six to seven shots at him and his aides. While Haria died in the attack, two of his aides, Deepu and Sunny, were seriously injured.
Cops rushed out of the police station on hearing the gunshots, but the attackers managed to flee. The injured gang members were rushed to a private hospital.
Heavy police force was deployed at the spot and the road was blocked after the incident. Forensic experts, too, reached there to gather clues.
Amritsar police commissioner Amar Singh Chahal and deputy commissioner of police J Elanchezhian, who were overseeing the investigations at the spot, said they will be able to comment on the incident only after the probe.
Earlier in the day, police had booked Bobby Malhotra and his aides Darshan Singh and Mitha for Karanbir’s murder. Police had already arrested Raghu and Ashu, who were accompanying Karanbir when he was kidnapped, on murder charges on the complaint of victim’s father, Jarnail Singh.
Karanbir was allegedly kidnapped by the trio and murdered on April 29.
The tussle between the two gangs has been on for a long time. Bhupinder Singh, alias Sonu Kangla, the head of Bobby’s gang, is in jail after being arrested by the Tarn Taran police in December last year.