Five days after arresting his close associate, the district police on Thursday claimed to have arrested notorious Kulbir Naruana, who was presented a siropa by revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, along with two others with illegal weapons.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said Naruana and his two associates, identified as Charanjit Singh, a resident of a village near Gidderbaha in Muktsar district, and Rajdeep Shah, a resident of Jai Singh Wala village near here, have been arrested and three pistols of .32 bore and .30 bore with nine live cartridges were recovered from them.
"The three were arrested during a routine checking at a police check post near Naruana village on the Bathinda-Badal village road," said Bhullar. The arrests have come close on the heels of the arrest of Manpreet Singh alias Manna, another member of the Naruana gang. Manna was also with an illegal pistol and six live cartridges.
Importantly, Naruana is a close aide of SAD leader Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu, who had quit Congress and resigned as Talwandi Sabo MLA to join SAD in March, ahead of the parliamentary elections. Naruana was honoured with a siropa by revenue minister Bikarm Singh Majithia during a rally organised by Sidhu outside his residence here in March.
Naruana is an accused in five cases, including two of attempt to murder. He is also an accused in the infamous attack on the police personnel inside the civil hospital here in which he threw red chili powder in cops' eyes before freeing convict Gurwinder Bindu from their custody. He had been out on bail these days. Rajdeep is also facing a case for attempt to murder and under the arms act while Charanjit is also an accused in a case.