PCR motorcycle staff have busted a gang of robbers with the arrest of five of its members. However, six other suspects managed to flee the spot.
The police have seized two country-made pistols along with three cartridges, sharp-edged weapons and a Tavera car from their possession. All accused are residents of Ferozepur.
The accused were arrested while they were hatching a conspiracy to rob the house of a cloth merchant at Joshi Nagar, Haibowal. They were arrested from a vacant plot near Lodhi Club on Sunday.
The police have arrested Ravi Kumar of Arun Colony in Ferozepur, Neeraj Kumar of Ram Building, Rajinder Singh of Azad Nagar, Mithun of Mohalla Ava Basti and Gurjit Singh of Tagore Colony, Jeera road.
Sandeep Singh Bedi of Ava Basti, Nimma, Boda, Manoj and two others fled the spot.
Bedi is the kingpin of the gang. The Sarabha Nagar police have registered a case against the accused.
Addressing a press conference here, ACP (control room) Raj Kumar Jalhotra claimed that the Sarabha Nagar police and the PCR motorcycle staff had conducted a raid on a vacant plot and arrested five of the accused.
The accused have admitted that they were hatching a plan to rob the house of Kuldeep Singh, a cloth merchant.
Bedi used to work as a salesman on the shop of Kuldeep Singh. He had access to his home too, but he had left the job six months ago.
"The accused admitted that they had an idea that Kuldeep Singh used to go to Gurdwara Sahib everyday, therefore they were planning to execute the crime at wee hours," said the ACP.
"Ravi Kumar is a barber, Neeraj puts a rehri on the Ferozepur road, Mithun owns a tea stall and Gurjit Singh is a taxi driver. The accused claimed that Bedi had lured them with a large share in the robbery. We are investigating the past records of the accused," the ACP claimed.
Talking to the media, one of the accused, Mithun, claimed that he was not aware about the intentions of Bedi. He said Bedi called them to take part in a "jagran". Gurjit Singh claimed that Bedi had hired his taxi for Ludhiana.