Jalandhar (rural) and Ludhiana police teams on Monday arrested eight members of a gang, including their kingpin, from the remote Jagral village near Lambra, 15 km away from here, and recovered a large number of arms and ammunition.
Addressing mediapersons in the evening, Ludhiana commissioner of police Paramjit Singh Gill and Jalandhar (rural) senior superintendent of police Yurinder Singh Hayer said the first encounter occurred at around 3.30pm, when police were chasing a black Tata Safari vehicle used in firing incidents in Ludhiana.
"Investigation into three incidents of firing in Ludhiana, including one on October 29 and two on November 9, revealed the involvement of Gaurav Sharma, alias Goru, a resident of Habowal village of Ludhiana. Goru, who was accused in 25 heinous crimes in Ludhiana, was released from city jail on September 5, and formed a gang of at least 25 youths from various districts of the state with the aim of earning quickly through loot and robbery," Gill said.
After receiving information that some of the gang members were spotted in Nakodar in Jalandhar, a joint operation was conceived after a black Tata Safari vehicle used in the firing incidents was identified, he added.
"The gang members, riding in the black safari, opened fire on the police vehicles chasing them. Four men left the vehicle and ran inside the village for shelter. Our personnel overpowered two of them, while the villagers helped catch the others," said Gill.
During the questioning, the accused disclosed that four of their accomplices were hiding at Guru Nanak Mohalla of Nakodar, Gill said.
"A police party reached the spot, but had to face firing from inside the building the accused were hiding in," he added.
After several rounds of firing from both sides, the four accused were also arrested, SSP Hayer said, adding that no policeman received injury during the encounter as they were wearing bulletproof jackets.
"We have identified other members of the gang as well, and raids are being conducted to arrest them," Hayer said, adding that the accused were in the district to settle scores with some rival gang.
Gaurav Sharma (20), alias Goru (Habowal)
Gurpreet Singh, (20) (Habowal)
Jugral Singh (19) (Basti Bawal Khel, Jalandhar)
Harjot Singh Chemma (18) (Sultanpur Lodhi)
Amarbeer Singh (20) (Sultanpur Lodhi)
Talwinder Singh (22) (Kapurthala)
Sunny (18) (Nakodar)
Bhupinder Singh (18) (Srinh village, Nakodar)
32-bore pistols 6
315-bore pistols 2
12-bore pistols 2
Live cartridges 50