With the arrest of six persons, the rural police on Monday claimed to have busted a gang of petrol pump robbers who also committed snatchings in the district.
The police have also recovered five country-made illegal weapons, 10 cartridges, three motorcycles and a sharp-edged weapon from their possession.
With their arrest, the police claimed to have solved three petrol pump robberies to the tune of Rs 60,000, another incident wherein an insurance agent was looted of Rs 1.28 lakh besides several snatching cases.
The accused have been identified as Amritpal Singh (30) of Uppal Khalsa village, Amarjeet Singh (27) of Daduwal, Jarnail Singh (26) of Tandaura, Jatinderpal Singh (25) of Dangara Mohalla, Jatinder (21) of Mullewal Aaraiya and Varshdeep (24) of Mullewal Khehra village in the district.
In a press conference, superintendent of police (investigation) HPS Khakh said they received a tip-off that the accused were planning to strike and were holding a meeting at Kakar Kalan village. Separate teams led by sub-inspectors Shiv Kumar and Baljinder Singh raided the place and arrested them, the SP said.
The SP said Amritpal, who is the gang kingpin, is already facing seven criminal cases, Jarnail is facing six while three cases are registered against Jatinder at various police stations in the district.
The SP claimed that brought weapons from one Mumtaz in Uttar Pradesh who is also wanted by the rural police in many cases.
Khakh said some of the accused also met in jails. Varshdeep has been arrested for the first time, he added.
Notices to 3 petrol pumps
The rural police have issued notices to owners of three petrol pumps as despite strict guidelines the fuel stations are being run without closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras. Superintendent of police (investigation) HPS Khakh said the owners had not even informed the police about the robbery incidents and they came to know about these from news published in newspapers.