After a 90-minute shootout in which a cop was injured, three accused in the June 27 murderous attack on deputy superintendent of police (jails) Vikramjeet Panthe were arrested here on Monday.
Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Jagdev Singh, first to move into their hideout at New Sant Nagar, Basti Sheikh, was shot in the abdomen. Three-dozen more rounds were fired between 30 minutes past midnight and 2am before gangsters Sukhwinder Singh "Bhau" of Sant Nagar; Sukhi Bidhipuria of this district's Bidhipur village; and Fatehjeet Singh of Nawanshahr were caught.
Around 11pm on Sunday, the Jalandhar police moved into New Sant Nagar on a trail of the three gangsters. When ASI Jagdev Singh led his team into Bhau's house, the gangster fired at him from the inside. The officer was moved to safety and a quick cordon was thrown around the place. Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Rajinder Singh; assistant commissioner of police (west) Ravinder Pal Singh Sandhu; ACP (investigation) Harjinder Singh; and several station house officer (SHOs) arrived with the backup and engaged the fleeing gangsters - who were trying to scale walls to get on to the adjoining roofs - in a gunfight.
"We have seized two 0.32-bore pistols and four live cartridges; and recovered four cars and a motorcycle from the gangsters," said the DCP. Later in the day, the injured ASI was moved to Dayanand Medical College Hospital, Ludhiana, and his condition is stable. "The gangsters have revealed in the preliminary interrogation their hand in the attack on DSP Panthe; and we'll know their motive once we quiz them further," said DCP Rajinder Singh, adding: "They remained in the civil hospital all day for the treatment of the injuries sustained in the encounter."
On the night of June 27, two men had fired at DSP Panthe near Basti Bawa Khel here when he was on his way from Jalandhar to Kapurthala in his car.
Sukhwinder Singh Bhau: Faces 11 criminal cases, including murder, attempt to murder, theft, and drug trade in Ferozepur, Kapurthala, Patiala, Amritsar, and Jalandhar districts
Sukhi Bidhipuria: Faces six criminal cases and is sentenced to 20-year imprisonment in a murder case
Fatehjeet Singh: Is charged with attempt to murder and fleeing police custody.
11pm, Sunday: The CIA staff tip off police that gangsters Sukhi Bidhipuria and Fatehjeet Singh are camping in the house of their accomplice Sukhwinder Singh "Bhau" at New Sant Nagar, Jalandhar. Assistant sub-inspector Jagdev Singh moves in with a team and knocks at the door. As Bhau's mother opens the door and Bhau spots the cops, he fires at the ASI.
11.15pm: The injured officer is evacuated to a private hospital near Ravidass Chowk.
11.45pm: A heavy backup force moves into the locality and cordons it off
12.30am, Monday: Gunfight starts; three-dozen more rounds of fire are exchanged
1am: Sukhi Bidhipuria, hiding in a water tank of a nearby house, is caught first
1.50am: Bhau is arrested from a bedroom
2am: Fatehjeet Singh is found in a bathroom of another house
3am: Police conclude their search operation after being sure there are no more gangsters hiding.