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Gangsters in Punjab buzzing on social media: Cops want Facebook to block accounts

Punjab ADGP says directions issued to police in all districts to prepare a list of accounts they want blocked and write to the US-based company

punjab Updated: Aug 10, 2017 09:13 IST
HT Correspondent
From left: Sukha Kahlon , Jagdeep Singh alias Jaggu , and Vicky Gounder.
From left: Sukha Kahlon , Jagdeep Singh alias Jaggu , and Vicky Gounder.(HT Photos)

To stop state’s dreaded gangsters from using the social media, especially, Facebook as a platform to boast about their activities and create an ‘aura of glamour’ around them, the Punjab police will write to the US-based company to block such accounts.

“Patiala police has been directed to identify such accounts of gangsters they want blocked, compile a list and write to Facebook, requesting that these accounts be blocked. Police in all districts will follow this drill, starting from Patiala today,” said additional director general of police (law and order) Rohit Chaudhary, who was in town to interact with college students as part of a department’s drive to connect with the youth.

He added the police will also attach a list of the gangsters’ criminal records to get the accounts registered on names of gangsters, whether in jail, or on the prowl, to deactivated.

“Social media sites came in handy for gangsters to promote a criminal mindset among the youth in the state, which is a harmful trend. This gives them publicity,” added Chaudhary.

In recent times, almost all gangsters in the state have used Facebook as it acts an an attraction for the youngsters. Gangsters also often use these accounts to give statements and announcements, even from inside jails, police sources admit.

Without refusing to go into the details of any previous police requests, Chaudhary added, “I don’t know the exact details about the past. Now the districts would individually take it up with Facebook as controlling their activities on social media has become important. The medium is being used to incite gangwars as these incidents had increased.”

‘Songs should not promote hooliganism’

Showing concern over Punjabi songs promoting drugs, violence, obscenity and hooliganism, Chaudhary said Punjabi singers and lyricists will be approached. The police will appeal to them to avoid writing and singing such content.

“Most new Punjabi songs promote gangsters and arms culture and also extol breaking law and order. Such songs are never a part of Punjabi culture,” he said.

Chaudhary, who was accompanied by senior officials of district police, heard grievances of common public, which raised issues including menace of stray animals on city roads, hooliganism by bullet motorcycle riders and underage driving.

Accounts active on FB

Vicky Gounder: Most wanted gangster in Punjab facing more than 15 cases of murder and robbery. Operates three Facebook accounts on his name. One of his pages has more than 32,000 followers

Sukhi Vidhipuria: A Jalandhar-based gangster in a camp that is opposed to Gounder. Now in Kapurthala Jail. His latest update on Facebook was about the death of fellow gangster Sukha Bhau. Has more than 1,300 friends on Facebook.

Page in the name Sukha Kahlon Sharpshooter: A rival gang killed Sukha Kahlon in 2015, yet this Facebook page continues to run. The page is quite active and has 80,175 followers.

Jagdeep Singh alias Jaggu Bhagwanpuria: Part of Sukha Kahlwan-Bhana gang, he faces 20 criminal cases, including four for murder. He has 3,685 followers.

Lawrence Bishnoi: A dreaded member of Sukha Kahlwan gang, his Facebook page has 11,087 followers. He has been facing several criminal cases in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. The Rajasthan Police have taken him on remand.