The district rural police on Friday arrested seven gangsters belonging to the Sukha Kahlwan gang and seized nine illegal pistols, a .12 bore rifle, 62 live cartridges, a Mahindra Scorpio and three bikes from them.
The arrested have been identified as notorious gangster Gaurav Sharma, 22, alias Goru Baccha of Ludhiana; Ranbir Singh, 23, of East Gobind Nagar in Amritsar, Lakhwinder Singh, 18, of Bhularai village; Jatinder, 26, of Balalo village, Harvinder Singh, 21, of Lakhpur village in Kapurthala district, Kuldeep Singh, 32, of Kanga village and Jagtar Singh, 22, of Kakkar village of Jalandhar.
Senior superintendent of police Harmohan Singh Sandhu, superintendent of police (investigations) HPS Khakh and deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Sarbjeet Rai said at a press conference here that Goru has been facing 12 attempt to murder cases in various districts and five criminal cases were already registered against Jatinder.
The police officials added that Goru was the right hand of gangster Sukha Kahlwan, who was gunned down by a rival gang, led by Vicky Gonder, in Phagwara on January 21, 2015, and after his death, Goru had started mobilising youths to join his gang and had involved more than 100 criminals.
They added that Goru and other members of his gang had orchestrated a conspiracy to free notorious gangster Daljeet Singh Bhana, Vijay Topi, Akal Khatri and Gopi Dallewal from police custody during their hearings in various district courts. They had also planned to kill members of the rival gang, who were involved in the killing of Sukha.
The officials added that to generate funds and purchase weapons, they had started taking contracts to kill people or to remove illegal encroachment on the lands. Recently, they had reached a Rs 4 lakh deal with one Joginder Pal of Phagwara to attack the nine persons, who had attacked Pal’s son on January 9 and chopped off his four fingers.
They said Pal had given Rs 25,000 to them as first installment and the deal was stuck by Kuldeep Singh with Joginder Pal.
They added that, acting on a tipoff that gangsters were planning to strike in Rawalpindi locality in Phagwara, a team, led by special staff in-charge Inderjeet Singh, sub-inspector Shiv Kumar and the Goraya police raided an abandoned brick kiln in Jagig village near Goraya on Thursday and arrested them.
The police have also arrested four persons, who were involved in giving contract to gangsters, including Joginder Pal, Sadananda Davinder of Phagwara and Mohan Kumar of Mussapur village in Jalandhar.
The cops said that accused have been taken on a five-day police custody and they would be quizzed about the sources of weapons, other accomplices and their targets.