After playing hide-and-seek with the police for over a month, People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) leader Lakhvir Singh alias Lakha Sidhana has finally fallen in the police net in the case of alleged murder of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) supporter Gurvir Singh alias Goldy in Rampura Phul last month.
Giving this information at a press conference here, inspector general of police (IGP), Bathinda zone, Paramraj Singh Umranangal, along with deputy inspector general of police (DIG), Bathinda range, Mohnish Chawla, and senior superintendent of police (SSP) Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti here on Tuesday, said Sidhana was arrested by the police from near Bhairupa village in Bathinda on Monday night while he was travelling in a Toyota Fortuner car.
The IGP said the police recovered firearms including .32-bore revolver used in the alleged crime and five live cartridges, one .30-bore gun and its five live cartridges, one .12-bore double barrel gun and five live cartridges, one .30-bore pistol and eight live cartridges from his car.
Sources in the police said that Sidhana had stayed at different locations, including Chandigarh, Mohali, in Fatehgarh Sahib and Payal in Ludhiana and some other places.
The sources said Sidhana also disclosed during interrogation that he had stayed for four days at a farmhouse of a senior Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) leader at Talanian village in Fatehgarh Sahib district. Sidhana had come in contact with the leader after he had gone to meet Sidhana after two murderous attacks on him to know about his health. Sidhana was also in contact with gangsters like Kala Dhanaula, Rocky and others during this period.
For some time, he used to generate finances through his associates but, lately, he had started feeling financial crunch.
Considered close to PPP chief Manpreet Singh Badal, "Sidhana had also contacted Manpreet three days after the crime, but did't get support from him,” said the sources.
Sources also disclosed that the police were following the calls he was making to his friends and well-wishers using other mobile phones. “About a week ago, the police had traced him at Payal in Ludhiana, but by the time the police party reached there he had left the place,” disclosed sources. Besides this murder case, Sidhana is accused in as many as nine other cases, including three attempts to murder cases.
SSP Bhatti said out of as many as 14 people booked in this case four are still at large and the police are looking for them.
Goldy was killed after Sidhana allegedly opened fire from his .32-bore revolver after a scuffle between two groups ensued on the last day of the filing of nomination papers for the civic body polls on February 13 outside the court complex in Rampura Phul.