Two months after busting the gang of miscreants who had murdered ASI Gurdial Singh Bajwa, incharge at police post Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, in June 2011, the Ludhiana police with help of special branch of Delhi Police have arrested the main accused, Karanvir Singh alias Ujwal alias Monti Lajo from Uttam Nagar of Delhi.
It has been learnt that the Patiala police had busted the gang with the arrest of five accused, including kingpin of the gang Jaswant Singh alias Goldy on July 25, while Karanvir Singh was absconding. The accused had confessed to their involvement in the ASI's murder and 300 other loots and snatchings in Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawan Shahr), Patiala, Khanna, Chandigarh and Phagwara. The Patiala police had recovered articles worth `20 lakh from the gang. Later, the Ludhiana police brought the accused for questioning on production warrant.
ACP (east) Satish Malhotra and ACP (crime) Gurbans Singh Bains said the gang was active in Ludhiana in 2011 and had committed several incidents of loot and snatchings. ASI Gurdial Singh was after the gang. When the ASI, along with volunteer Ajay Kumar and other officials, gheraoed Jaswant Singh Goldy and Karanvir Singh, the accused launched an attack on the police party. Karanvir allegedly had opened fire on ASI Gurdial Singh and Ajay Kumar. ASI Gurdial Singh, who took a bullet in the skull, was rushed to DMC Hospital. After struggling for life for at least 25 days, the ASI succumbed to his injuries on June 12, 2011. A case was registered at the Sarabha Nagar police station.
ACP Bains said after killing the ASI, Karanvir fled to New Delhi. He was working in a hotel as a waiter and was staying in a rented accommodation in Uttam Nagar. After getting a tip-off, the police formed a team and dispatched it to Delhi on September 21. The team with the help of special branch of Delhi Police arrested the accused.
During his questioning, the accused admitted to his involvement in several snatchings in Delhi also. The ACP said the accused used to target morning walkers, women and people travelling late at nights.