The police on Tuesday claimed to have busted a gang of robbers, who looted people at gunpoint, and arrested two of its members. After allegedly looting Rs 6,000 from a salesman at a petrol pump on the Attari-Jhabhal road, as many as six people fled on an SUV on Monday.
The Bhikhiwind police got a tip-off that they were coming towards the Bhikhiwind side, said station house officer (SHO) of Bhikhiwind police station Avtar Singh Kahlon, while briefing the media.
The cops, on the directions of senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manmohan Sharma, installed a special naka near the Kacha-Pakka bridge on the road and started checking all the cars passing through that road, he said.
When the SUV reached the naka at around 10.30 pm, the cops deployed there, signalled it to stop, but its driver did not do so. He tried to run by hitting the barricades with high speed. While doing so, he lost control over the vehicle which went off the road and stopped.
When the cops tried to go near the SUV for checking, all the occupants came out and started firing at them. However, they failed to target any of the cops. Then they ran away towards different directions. But the police succeeded in catching two of them.
The arrested have been identified as Gurdit Singh and Sagar, both residents of Ferozepur. The police allegedly recovered two pistols and three country-made rounds from their possession.
Their four aides managed to flee taking advantage of darkness. However, they have been identified as Amrik Singh, Manjit Singh, Sukha and Ajay Kumar. They also belong to Ferozepur district, said Avtar Singh, assistant sub-inspector, who was also among the cops, who carried out the operation.
A case has been registered against them under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 148, 149 of IPC and 24/27/54/59 of the arms Act. The operation to nab others is on, said superintendent of police (detection) Jagmohan Singh.