The Ludhiana (rural) police claim to have busted a gang of carjackers with the arrest of four, including a woman, while one of the accused managed to flee.
Police said two rifles and seven cartridges were recovered from the accused, who were declared proclaimed offenders in several cases.
The arrested accused are Hardeep Singh alias Deepa of Mahil Kalan village of Barnala, Malkit Singh alias Keeta of Bhaini Madi village of Bathinda, Mandeep Singh of Bahadurpur village of Sangrur and Sonia of Dhuri.
Vicky of Nagwana villaga of Kaithal in Haryana managed to flee.
Police said Hardeep was the kingpin of the gang, and wanted by the Malerkotla Police in a murder case in which he was declared a proclaimed offender. Malkit Singh is also a fugitive in a murder case registered at Nathana in Bathinda.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Ludhiana (rural) Ashish Chaudhary said sub-inspector Mohan Das, incharge at CIA staff Raikot, along with a police party, arrested the accused from Ramgarh Sivia village. The accused were sitting in a car conspiring to loot people, he claimed.
A case under section 399 (making preparation to commit dacoity) and 402 (assembling for purpose of committing dacoity) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against the accused at Sadar police station in Raikot.
The SSP claimed that the accused had confessed to have robbed a man of his Maruti Swift car and a pistol near Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, on January 6. “They had also robbed a man named Vishal Gogna, manager at HDFC Bank, Raikot, at Kaile Chowk, Sudhar. The accused have also looted cash and mobile phones from several people in Sudhar,” he added.
He claimed that Hardeep Singh had confessed that he threw away a packet containing 100gm smack when the police raided to arrest them. Following his statement, the police have registered another case against him under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The packet of smack is yet to be recovered.
The SSP said more important information was expected from the accused during questioning.