The rural police on Wednesday claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of highway robbers with the arrest of six suspects near Moga village in Bhogpur block.
Police seized .30 bore mauser, one live cartridge, one air gun, 150 gm heroin, Rs 2.33 lakh, one santro car and several other articles from their possession.
The accused have been identified as Mandeep Singh, alias, Meepa, Jashan and Kiran Kumar from various villages in Tanda, Gulshan Kumar of Dasuya, Yashpal of Hoshiarpur and Baljinder Singh of Kartarpur.
Addressing a press conference, superintendent of police (detective) HPS Khakh said one of the accused Baljinder Singh was running a garment shop in Kartarpur and Jashan was working at his shop as an employee.
He said Jashan had information that Chetan Dua, a city-based trader, used to visit shops in Bhogpur to collect money and take orders from garment shops.
Khakh added that Jashan hatched a conspiracy with other accomplices, including Meepa, to rob Dua. On December 23, when Dua went to Baljinder’s shop, he informed Jashan over mobile phone and when Dua left his shop, Jashan and others started following him in Santro car.
When Dua reached near Kala Bakra, they stopped him, snatched his white Verna car and robbed him of `2.50 lakh cash.
Following the statement of Dua, and an investigation through technical assistance, a joint team of the crime investigation agency (CIA) staff in charge Angrej Singh and Jarnail Singh and the Bhogpur police nabbed the accused in Moga village in Bhogpur block, he added.
The SP said the victim’s car was abandoned by the robbers at Kishangarh village the next day of the robbery as nakas had been laid and police teams were collecting finger prints from cars.
Khakh added that the finger prints were important as we would now match these with the finger prints of the accused, which would help us find solid proof against them.
The accused would be produced in a local court, where police would seek their remand for interrogation, said the SP.