A week after the Punjab counter-intelligence team (PCIT) arrested Nabha jailbreak mastermind Gurpreet Singh Sekhon and his three aides from an NRI’s house at Dhudike village in the district, the police have failed to nab the house owner and a mediator, who had harboured the criminals.
The accused, including house owner Kultar Singh ‘Goldy’, an NRI and native of Dhudike village, and Gurwinder Singh Gori, a resident of Moga who facilitated the gangster and his aides in getting the shelter, were booked by the local police on Wednesday.
Gori, who is a relative of Sekhon and a friend of Goldy, had worked as the main link between them. “On Gori’s request, Goldy had provided the men shelter at his house,” police sources said.
The case was registered under Sections 130 (aiding escape of, rescuing or harbouring a prisoner), 212 (harbouring offender), 216 (harbouring offender who has escaped from custody), and 216 A (penalty for harbouring robbers or dacoits) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Ajitwal police station, Moga.
Showing a lackadaisical attitude, the Moga police have even failed to issue a red corner notice (RCN) or look out circular (LOC), giving an advantage to the accused to flee the country.
Sources said that Goldy, who came from Australia in January, was to return on February 23 and his flight ticket was already booked. Goldy was an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporter and had participated in the rallies organised in support of Nihal Singh Wala candidate Manjit Singh Bilaspur ahead of assembly elections on February 4.
“The police are conducting raids to nab the accused. The issuing of LOC is under process and it will be issued at the earliest,” Gurpreet Singh Toor, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Moga, said while adding that both the absconders will be arrested soon.
On February 12, the PCIT had arrested Nabha jailbreak mastermind Gurpreet Singh Sekhon and his three aides — his cousin Manvir Sekhon of Makhu village, Rajwinder Singh Raja alias Sultan of Mangewal village in Moga, and gangster Kulwinder Sidana, brother of gangster Surinder Sidana, after raiding a house at Dhudike village.