Overseas friends behind blood camp in memory of gangster

  • Parampreet Singh Narula, HindustanTimes, Phagwara
  • Updated: Dec 16, 2015 11:52 IST

One of the organisers of a blood donation camp in the memory of dreaded gangster Sukhbir Singh, alias Sukha Kahlwan, on his first death anniversary on January 21, 2016, has told the police that the camp was to be funded by the gangster’s friends based abroad.

Rajnish Kumar, alias Preet Phagwara (24), a resident of Dadal locality in the town, who was also the administrator of the ‘Sukha Kahlon Sharp Shooter’ page on Facebook which has 16,236 fans, was ar rested by the Phagwara police after a blood camp post to remember Sukha went viral on social media.

The poster carrying photos of Sukha Kahlwan along with gangster Daljit Bhana, Amritbir Cheema, Ga g an Bajwa, invites people to participate in the camp and donate blood “for a cause and human welfare” in the memory of Sukha.

Interestingly, the police were trying to trace the administrator of the gangster’s FB page for long.

Preet, who runs a mobile repair business, revealed during interrogation by the city police that Sukha’s friends Amritbir Singh Cheema and Gagan Bajwa, based in Canada and UK respectively, had told him to organise a blood camp on the death anniversary of the gangster.

“Cheema and Bajwa had told me they will bear the expenditure of the camp and asked me to organise it,” Preet said.

He further revealed that the two sent him Rs 30,000 few days ago through Western Union to print posters and hoardings to advertise the event.

“I have also given the order to a Jalandhar-based firm to publish posters, which were to be pasted in Jalandhar, Phagwara and Kahlwan village,” he said.

Preet had also collaborated with a Phagwara-based blood donation organisation and given them an estimate of gathering 100 blood donators on the day.

Police officials said that Preet met Sukha long time ago in Nurmahal.

Preet would meet Sukha during the court hearings as well. “Two years ago, Sukha had created a Facebook fan page which I have been operating since,” Preet told the police.

Sources said Preet was also being paid for updating the Facebook page by Sukha’s friends.

Phagwara deputy superintendent of police ( DSP) Manpreet Singh Dhillon said after arresting the organiser, they have registered a case a g ainst Pha gwara, Daljit Bhana, Amritbir Cheema, Gagan Bajwa and are investigating it from all angles.

Daljit Bhana is currently in jail. “We have procured the password of their Facebook page,” he said.

Dhillon said that so far no criminal record of Preet has been found so far.

The case was registered under sections 384 (punishment for extortion.), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 120b (criminal conspiracy to commit an offence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 66 (hacking with computer system) of the Information Technology (IT) Act at the Satnampura police station in Phagwara.

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