The police on Thursday arrested six persons and claimed to have busted a vehicle lifters' gang headed by a law graduate. They also recovered five stolen vehicles and four country-made revolvers from the accused.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) (rural) Yurinder Singh Hayer said the kingpin of the gang was a law graduate. "We had received inputs that the gang was planning to strike in areas near Kartarpur," Hayer said.
The arrests came following a tip off. The police nabbed the accused while they were travelling in two Tata Safari cars near Alampur Bakka on the Kartarpur-Bhogpur road on Wednesday. "The youth tried to escape when we asked them to stop their vehicles, following which they were arrested," Hayer added.
The arrested have been identified as Amritsar residents Mandeep Singh alias Minni, Satwinder Singh and Gurjinder Singh, and Tarn Taran residents Joga Singh, Gurpratap Singh and Sarabhmit Bawa. Apart from the two Tata Safaris, the police also recovered a Lancer, an Innova and a Swift from them.
The SSP said the kingpin of the gang, Minni, was a postgraduate in Political Science and had also completed his LLB from Panjab University. "All the arrested persons are heroin addicts. With a purpose to meet their expenses, they started carjacking and looting petrol pumps," Hayer added.
The police claimed the gang had looted petrol pumps in Goraya and Jandu Singha near here three years ago. "They recently looted a petrol pump in Moga. The recovered vehicles bear the registration numbers of Amritsar, Anadpur Sahib, Pathankot and Ludhiana," the SSP said.