The Punjab police have formed a special team to trace the administrator of the Facebook fan page in support of notorious gangster Sukhbir Singh Sukha Kahlwan, who was shot dead in broad daylight in the city on Wednesday by a rival gang.
A team comprising six policemen was taking Sukha to the high-security Nabha jail after a court hearing in Jalandhar when the incident took place.
In the wake of this, two assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) were dismissed while four constables were suspended for negligence in duty.
Reports said a special information technology (IT) team has been formed in Chandigarh to get more details about the Facebook page and its operator. The page named “Sukha Kahlon Sharp Shooter” was flooded with condolence messages by Sukha’s Facebook fans a few minutes after the news of his murder broke.
There are other pages with the same name on the social networking site. The page, which had around 25,000 likes till Wednesday, now has 33,800 likes and people are showing anger against the policemen who failed to save Sukha.
Even the page administrator has updated two messages to pay condolences to Sukha. The majority of people have posted “RIP (rest in peace) messages and “Miss You” on his page while others have used abusive language against the police and the gang that fatally attacked Sukha.
Sources said the page is being operated out of a foreign country and its operator will be arrested soon.
Meanwhile, the police are focusing on the Harjinder Singh Gonder and Prem Lahoria gangs from Jalandhar and raiding their possible hideouts across the state.
Gonder is wanted in a murder case. A case was registered against him at the Model Town police station on September 15, 2010. After this, Gonder and his accomplice Rahul were declared proclaimed offenders.
The city police rounded up several suspects across the state and raids were also conducted in Rupnagar, Malout, Ferozepur, Fazilka, Kapurthala and Phagwara.
Kapurthala senior superintendent of police (SSP) said investigations are on in the case and they are in the process of identifying the accused.
On the special team formed to trace the Facebook page administrator, the SSP said, “Nothing can be revealed at this stage but we are looking at every aspect.”