The Sangrur Police on Tuesday evening busted a gang of robbers by arresting four members and recovered Rs 10.76 lakh, besides 13 mobile phones, four motorcycles and one Hyundai Accent bearing the registration number PB-08-AM-666 near Bhalwan village.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, zonal-1 inspector general of police PS Gill said, "Several cases of loot and robbery have been solved with these arrests in the districts of Mansa, Patiala, Bathinda and Barnala. A few robberies in Haryana have also been solved. Besides these arrests, the district police have recovered Rs 1.37 crore of looted amount in this year."
Sangrur SSP MS Sidhu said, "On a tip-off, the CIA staff set up a barricade near the Bhalwan village, lead by sub-inspector Gurmail Singh and the four accused were stopped and arrested at the naka."
On a search of the car, the police have recovered three pistols of 32 bore with 10 cartridges, one 315 bore pistol with two cartridges and three blank signed cheques on the account of Garg Bus Service.
Deputy inspector general Patiala range BS Sidhu said, "The pistols we have recovered are local-made, but of good quality. The 315 bore pistols were seen by some of us for the first time and these were modified to increase shooting range."
The accused have been identified as Kulvinder Singh alias Kala, Happy Singh alias Rimpy alias doctor, Basant Singh alias Bhthi, all residents of Diwangarh Camper (Dirba) and one Gobind Singh alias Gobindi of Khanal Khurd with all in the age group of 20-30. Gobind Singh is a proclaimed offender and is also wanted by the Rajasthan Police in a kidnapping case at Kota.
During interrogation, the four have confessed to having looted Rs 13.4 lakh from an employee of Garg Bus Service in Patran on June 22, when he was on his way to deposit the cash in a bank.
SSP Sidhu said the gang had looted Rs 15.7 lak in robberies and purchased the car and revolvers worth Rs 50,000 from Uttar Pradesh. They used to target people carrying cash.
The areas they targeted were Budhlada, in Mansa, Maur Mandi in Bathinda, Lehra, Moonak, and Sunam in Sangrur and in Samana, Patran and Nabha in Patiala.
The accused have been booked under Sections 379 (punishment for theft) and 382 (theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint) and Section 25 of the Arms Act.
The accused arrested have decent education background with Kulwinder Singh alias Kala being a graduate. Happy Singh alias doctor alias Rimpy is lab pathologist. Basant Singh and Gobind Singh are Class 12 pass.
A delegation from Patran came to thank the zone-I inspector general of police, Gill.
The gang planned to carry out several loots in the area as they were planning to rent out a house for Rs 12,000