A day after notorious gangster Sukhbir Singh Sukha Kahlon was shot dead in broad daylight in Phagwara, the Punjab Police on Thursday conducted state-wide raids to arrest members of the Muktsar-based rival gang.
The police are on the lookout for gang kingpin Jaipal of Ferozepur and his accomplices Harjinder Singh Gonder and Prem Lahoria of Jalandhar besides other unidentified members allegedly involved in the gunning-down incident.
Kahlon had allegedly killed Navpreet Singh Lovely, a member of Jaipal’s gang.
The police claimed that the rival gang had kept a close watch on the proceedings of the cases in which Sukha was being tried after a Facebook post had recently appeared on Sukha’s page saying he was soon coming out of jail.
He had been brought from the Nabha jail to Jalandhar in connection with a case.
The police claimed that the rivalry between the Jaipal gang and Sukha started when the 21-year-old Lovely was attacked by Sukha and his accomplices. Lovely succumbed to his injuries at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, on February 1, 2010. A murder case was registered against Sukha and 10 of his unidentified accomplices on the complaint of Jaspal Singh, Lovely’s father.
Gonder was wanted in a murder case by the Model Town police that had registered a case against him on September 15, 2010. Gonder and his accomplice Rahul were declared proclaimed offenders while Ravi Bhagat and Sukhwinder Singh were awarded life imprisonment on February 15, 2013.
The police claimed that the Jaipal gang was behind the fleeing of Lawrence Bishnoi, a Student Organisation of Panjab University leader, in Rupnagar a few days ago.
Meanwhile, the city police rounded up several youths from the paying guest accommodations near the sports college and from another locality where Lahoria’s relatives live and interrogated them at the CIA staff. Similar raids were also conducted at Rupnagar, Malout, Ferozepur, Phagwara and Kapurthala.
During the post-mortem by a panel of three doctors, 13 bullets were recovered from the body of Kahlon that had 43 gunshot wounds. The body was handed over to Sukha’s aunt Amarjeet Kaur of Kahlwan village near Kartarpur in Jalandhar.
After the incident, the Phagwara and Jalandhar rural police were in a fix over the issue of jurisdiction as the Phagwara police claimed that the area fell under the jurisdiction of Jalandhar rural police. Kapurthala SSP Dhanpreet Kaur and Jalandhar rural police chief Narinder Bhargava reached the spot and cleared the confusion.