Seven members of a gang, including a postgraduate, were arrested with drugs, arms, and ammunition on Wednesday at Naarhawali Nijhra village near Lambra in a joint operation of a special task force (STF) and the cops from Jalandhar and Kapurthala.
Assistant inspector general of police (AIG) HPS Khakh, who led the team that laid the trap, said the gang had made a failed attempt to drive its two cars through the barricade where inspectors Inderjeet Singh and Shiv Kumar had been leading vehicle search.
Accused Gurdeep Singh (32) of Ajtaani, Jaswant Singh (30) of Jaaniya, Sandeep Kumar (28) of Garra, Mukal Kumar (28) of Bara Pind, and Rakesh Kumar (32) of Mehatpur are all from Jalandhar villages. Accused Kuldeep Singh (25) and Mandeep Kumar (26) are from Kapurthala district. They all have a long criminal history and one of them, Mukal Kumar, holds a master-of-science (MSc) degree in information technology. They were once associated with the gang of Gaurav Sharma “Goru Bachcha”, who is on the run since the murder of an autorickshaw driver in Ludhiana in April over a parking issue.
From the two cars on Wednesday, police claim to have seized five pistols, two rifles, 15 live cartridges, a few sharp-edged weapons, Rs 8 lakh drug money, and 600-gram heroin. “Kingpin Gurdeep Singh is wanted in several cases of murder attempt, robbery, and theft; and in preliminary interrogation, his gang has accepted its hand in drug trade and several crimes in various districts,” said the AIG, adding that the men would be produced in court on Thursday. Phagwara superintendent of police (SP) Ajinder Singh and deputy superintendent of police (detective, rural) Dharam Pal were present at the press conference.
On June 20, the STF had arrested six members of Gurpreet Singh “Gopi Dalewalia” gang with weapons. The force was formed on May 8 to hunt down 57 gangs active in the state.