A notorious gangster who fled after opening fire at a police party at Jain Colony on Bhamiyan Road in 2012 was reportedly arrested at a checkpoint on Kaind Canal Bridge following a tip-off on Friday.
The police allegedly recovered an illegal 7.65mm-bore pistol, four cartridges and 100 bottles of cough syrup from his possession.
The police said the accused - Jagjit Singh, alias Sunny, 33, of Mohalla Hargobind Nagar - was residing in a rented accommodation at Rajapur village in Kapurthala.
A case under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against Jagjit Singh at the Dehlon police station.
Anti-narcotics and anti-illicit liquor smuggling wing in-charge sub-inspector Harbans Singh said the accused rammed his Innova car into the barricades placed by the police and tried to flee, but was nabbed.
Harbans Singh said Jagjit Singh is facing trial in around 20 criminal cases, including those of burglary, loot, snatching, dacoity, murder, attempt to murder, possession of illegal weapons and smuggling of liquor at different police stations in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh.
The accused was bailed out and never appeared before court, following which he was declared a proclaimed offender.
"In 2012, the police had laid a trap to arrest the accused. He opened fire on the police party and managed to flee.
His three accomplices were arrested and 90 cartons of illicit liquor were recovered from them. Jagjit Singh moved to Kapurthala and bought vehicles and property with the ill-gotten money. We are trying to attach his property with the case,"said Harbans Singh.