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Moga in grip of gang wars

punjab Updated: Jun 27, 2014 22:43 IST
Surinder Maan
Surinder Maan
Hindustan Times
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The district seems to be in the grip of gang wars as seven Akali leaders, including a former MLA, have fallen prey to the reported gang-war rivalry in the recent past. Some vulnerable leaders are so scared that they have started approaching the state police chief to provide them security. The police have already provided security to senior SAD leader Ranwinder Singh Pappu Ramoowal, a loyalist of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. According to the police, Pappu Ramoowala had written a letter to DGP of Punjab Sumedh Singh Saini, expressing apprehension of threat to his life from the members of a gang, who are presently lodged in Faridkot central jail. The request for security was made a week after Malkit Singh Keetu, former SAD MLA, was killed in his native village.

A senior police official revealed that more than 30 leaders of various political leaders have submitted their applications seeking security, that are under consideration at the offices of the higher police officials at Chandigarh.

On the other hand, the failure of the police to make any headway in the murder of a ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Gian Singh, a resident of Rajeana village, who was killed nine days after the murder of Dera Baba Farid head Parasmani of Khukrana village on June 15, has brought the police under immense pressure.

While higher police officials were working on different theories to solve these two murder cases, supporters of the Akali leader have been criticising the over police for its 'failure' in making any headway in the case. Sources said Gian Singh was a 'controversial' leader and some people believed that he fell victim to a 'gang war'.

Now the death of Sukhdev Singh 'Car Bazaar Wala' and his gunman Inderpreet Singh Gora, who were gunned down by the Chandigarh crime branch officials in an 'encounter' two days ago, have also created a big headache for the Moga police.

According to police sources, Sukhdev Singh, who was a close aide of some senior leaders of the SAD, had reportedly several enemies due to his real estate business.

Dwelling over other killings in the district, it may be mentioned here that sarpanch of Daudhar village Rachhpal Singh was shot dead on April 22, 2010. He owed allegiance to the SAD. The police officials had said that Rachhpal Singh's murder appeared to be the result of a gang war. The sarpanch had died in the firing while his private gunman was seriously injured.

In another incident, some assailants had shot dead SAD sarpanch of Gajiana village Inderjeet Singh alias Happy at Lopo village in Nihal Singh Wala area on March 6, 2010. The then deputy superintendent of police Gurmeet Singh had termed it a case of 'gang war'.

In a sensational incident, Gurjant Singh alias Janta of Khai village, along with about 5 miscreants, had attacked the house of Zila Parishad member Gurmail Singh Khai and Karam Singh Khai, both brothers, on July 6. They both were senior SAD leaders. Gurmail Singh Khai, who was president of the truck owners union of Nihal Singh Wala, was killed.

Besides, former MLA of Barnala assembly constituency and senior Akali leader Malkit Singh Keetu, was shot dead allegedly by his nephews and two other miscreants at his native village Bilaspur in Nihal Singh Wala area on October 29, 2012.

Another SAD leader Sukhdev Singh of Talwandi Bhangereian village in the district was shot dead on September 10, 2013.

The deceased's wife Angrej Kaur had recorded in her statement to the police that one Kirpal Singh of the same village, who was an accused in many criminal cases, believed that Sukhdev Singh was informing the police about Kirpal's anti-social activities from time to time. According to the police record, Kirpal Singh is facing about a dozen cases of robberies and is out on bail.

Another leader Sukhvir Singh Kaku of Landhe Ke village was allegedly shot dead two years ago by members of a gang.