The police on Tuesday nabbed the kingpin of a robbers' gang with the help of locals while he was trying to rob a couple in the Doshanj Road area here.
It is the second incident in recent times when locals helped the police in nabbing anti-social elements. A few days ago, locals had nabbed a migrant labourer who had kidnapped a 4-year-old child from Ramganj market here.
Following Tuesday's incident, the district police reviewed the security situation at Moga, Dharamkot, Nihal Singh Wala and Baghapurana sub-divisions. SSP Surjit Singh Grewal summoned SHOs to the district headquarters. The SSP ordered that barricades be put at all sensitive points at night and around the city during day.
Grewal said the kingpin was identified as Narpinder Singh of Pahara Chowk in Moga. They had also recovered a .315 pistol from him, the SSP said.
Grewal said locals Karnail Singh and his wife were going for shopping to the Doshanj Road market in the afternoon when they were stopped by the accused at gunpoint. "The accused snatched the hand bag carried by Karnail and started to beat him. The couple shouted for help. Fortunately, a special police party led by SI Sarabjit Singh reached the spot. When the accused saw the police, he opened fire but the policemen nabbed him with the help of a few local youths," he added.
The SSP said that during the primary investigation the police found that some other people were also involved in snatching bags and gold chains.
"Narpinder was the kingpin of the gang. I have constituted three more special police parties for nabbing the other members. The police appreciate the people who helped the police in catching the accused. I hope we will catch the entire gang soon. Narpinder has given us clues about the robberies that took place at Moga and nearby villages," Grewal said.