With the arrest of five persons, including an ex-serviceman man and his son, the Jalandhar rural police on Tuesday claimed to have busted a gang of highway robbers.
The police have recovered six SUVs (sport utility vehicles), a 7.62 mm Mauser, one .12 bore pistol, two live cartridges and two fake registration certificates from their possession.
The accused have been identified as Baldev Singh, a resident of Guru Har Sahai in Ferozepur, ex-serviceman Harinder Singh and his son Sukhdeep, both residents of Raja Jhansi in Amritsar, Davinder Singh of Tarn Taran and Ajay Kumar Jai of Ferozepur.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, senior superintendent of police (rural) Jaspreet Singh Sidhu and superintendent of police (detective) HPS Khakh said acting on a tip-off, two police parties led by inspector Angrej Singh and sub-inspector Jarnail Singh laid a trap near Maheru and Pandori Khas road and nabbed the accused who were coming in a Tata Safari and a Maruti Swift car.
The SSP said during interrogation, the accused confessed to have robbed eight SUVs at gunpoint. They used to sell the vehicle outside the state by changing their chassis and registration numbers.
He further said the kingpins of the gang, Baldev Singh (55) and Harinder Singh (55), visited Libya once and on their return opened dhabas in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar, which did not run successfully.
The police official said after this they formed a gang and robbed SUVs on highways. Five cases of vehicle theft and robberies registered in various districts had been solved with the arrest of the accused, the police official added.
He claimed that five or six more people were also part of the gang who would be arrested soon. A case has been registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Mehatpur police station.