The district rural police claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of robbers with the arrest of two serving army jawans and a dismissed jawan. The police also recovered four pistols, two cars, one motorcycle, Rs 99,100 in cash and other items.
Addressing a media conference here on Friday, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manmohan Singh stated that on a tip-off, teams were formed under the supervision of superintendent of police (detective) Jasdeep Singh to nab the robbers. He said the three-member gang comprised Sahib Singh of Karmuwal village in Tarn Taran district, Malkit Singh of Patti and Bikramjit Singh of Lohka (Tarn Taran), who are all in the age group of 20 to 30 years.
The SSP said the gang members were traveling in a car on the Verowal-Rayya road when they were intercepted. However, instead of stopping at a naka, they tried to escape and even opened fire at a police party.
They were arrested in an area under the Beas police station and booked under sections 307, 392, 34 and 411 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.
While Bikramjit was dismissed from the army; Sahib is serving but presently absent from duty. Malkit is posted in Arunachal Pradesh. The SSP said the accused used to procure illegal weapons from Lakheempur (Uttar Pradesh) at a cost of Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000 per weapon.
He mentioned that the gang members had taken away a Skoda Fabia car from Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), robbed a salesman of Rs 20,000 and two mobile phones at a liquor vend outside Kapurthala, looted a mobile shop at Subhanpur (Kapurthala) at gunpoint, looted a liquor vend outside Rayya and snatched Rs 50,000 and a mobile phone. The gang members were also involved in other cases of snatching, besides speeding away after refilling vehicles at petrol pumps without making payment, he added.
Other recoveries from the trio included seven mobile phones, two tabs (Samsung), two watches, army uniform, identity cards and documents of stolen vehicles.