The Sangrur police on Thursday claimed to have arrested five members of a gang of robbers while they were planning to strike at a petrol pump. The police also recovered arms and sharp-edged weapons from them.
SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar said the accused were members of the Kala Mann group, which was facing more than two dozen cases at various police stations.
During preliminary interrogation, the accused, identified as Gurmeet Singh alias Kala, Ramandeep Singh alias Ramni, Gurinderpal Singh, Bhagwan Das alias Bhalwan and Karamjeet Singh, confessed that they were planning to loot a petrol pump in Balain village on the Sangrur-Chinttawala road.
The police have seized two .12-bore guns, two .32-bore revolvers, a .315-pistol and 21 live cartridges from them.
The SSP said the arrested gang members were wanted in connection with many criminal cases registered at various police stations and used to provide prior information to Kala and his accomplices about the place where they planned to strike.
Last month, the Barnala police had arrested six members of the Kala Mann group and recovered two .32-bore pistols, a .315-bore pistol, .12-bore pistol and 15 live cartridges from them while they were hatching a conspiracy to attack a police party to free their accomplice from police custody.
The police were also involved in a fierce shootout with the gang on April 14. Two .12-bore double-barrel pistol, a .315-bore pistol, a 7.65-bore pistol and 20 live cartridges were seized after the encounter.