A shot fired at the police on Monday from a truck failed to save the six men inside from arrest.
The law was after them to bust an interstate network of vehicle theft. The police claim to have found 30 stolen motorcycles, one revolver, sharp-edged weapons, and heroin inside the truck.
Suspects Kamaljeet Singh Gharu of Mohalla Bereanwala in Moga, Manjeet Singh of Dagru village, Rajinder Singh of Krishana Gali in Moga, Gurdeep Singh of Bedi Nagar in Moga, Gurnam Singh of Zira road, and Raj Kumar of Chand Nawan village drove into a trap laid on a secret input.
The police seized more than 20 fake vehicle registrations, bogus driving licences, transport office stamps, and recovered more stolen material worth Rs 40 lakh in this raid.
Paramraj Singh Umranangal, deputy inspector general (DIG) of police, Ferozepur range, presented the suspects to the media at the office of the senior superintendent of police. The six suspects were on way to Moga from Kotkapura when arrested.
The police laid many traps on the Moga-Kotkapura state highway. It was a squad led by Ravinder Singh, station house officer of south city, which flagged down the suspects' truck near Gill road. The driver tried to knock down the barricade, opened fire on the police party, and tried to flee.
A few metres of chase and he was arrested. The other five suspects were in the truck. "The gang sold heroin and other drugs in this area," said senior superintendent of police Surjit Singh Grewal. "It also made fake documents of stolen vehicles. Some of its members are still on the run."
The police have registered a case against the six suspects under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 379 (theft), 411 (dishonest receiving of stolen property), 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security), and 471 (using forged record as genuine) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 25 (manufacture, sale, transfer, conversion, repair, test, exposing, sale offer, transfer, firing, and possession of illegal arms and ammunition) of the Arms Act.