Even three days after the Moga shootout in which two alleged gangsters were gunned down, two of their “wanted” accomplices have not formally been arrested either by the Chandigarh crime branch or the Moga police. Gurcharan Singh alias Rinku and Khushwinder Singh alias Sukhpal are admitted to the civil hospital here ever since being injured in the encounter, but no communication has come to the hospital for their arrest, and they are set to be discharged.
The UT police team was in Moga to arrest these two for an assault case registered in Chandigarh when the encounter took place. In the encounter, Sukhdev Singh ‘Car Bazaar Wala’ and his aide Inderpreet Singh ‘Gora’ were shot down, and the UT police claimed the “gangsters” had fired first and died in retaliatory fire. A probe, however, is on into the encounter to ascertain how it happened.
Now, besides the assault case in Chandigarh, both Khushwinder and Rinku are booked in a case in Moga for allegedly having shot at the cops during the encounter. Both police departments have been talking of fitness certificates to be obtained from the Moga civil hospital for the arrests, but hospital authorities denied having received any such request till Saturday evening.
HS Pannu, superintendent of police (SP), Moga, said, “When the hospital authorities will discharge both accused, the Moga police will arrest them. After that, the Chandigarh police can investigate the matter regarding their case.”
When contacted, Dr Arwinder Singh Gill, senior medical officer (SMO), confirmed that both Rinku and Khushwinder are out of danger. “Rinku had minor fracture at his knee while Khushwinder had a sprain in his leg. They are fit to be discharged at the moment but no police official has submitted any application. We have decided to discharge them in the next two days,” he said.
Chandigarh police inspector Ranjodh Singh said, “First, the Moga police will arrest the accused. We will later procure production warrants for the Chandigarh case.”
Meanwhile, Ranjodh went to the Ludhiana hospital to meet the two cops injured in the encounter. They are reported out of danger.