The Jalandhar police are in a fix with the family of gangster Sukha Kahlon, who was gunned down by allegedly a rival gang on Wednesday in Phagwara, refused to cremate his body demanding arrest of his assailants.
The family hails from Kahlwan village near Kartarpur in the district and is currently based in the US.
Officials have been trying hard to persuade Sukha’s family to cremate his body as it may lead to disturbance in the area.
Sukha’s father Sudarshan Singh, a taxi driver, and mother Harjinder Kaur alleged that the police were pressuring them to cremate their son’s body on Saturday.
They demanded a CBI inquiry into the entire episode. They suspected the police team escorting Sukha of foul play when an alleged rival gang shot dead their son.
The family also alleged that they were receiving threats from rival gangs and would hold a protest against the police in the coming days. They demanded immediate arrest of Harjinder Singh, alias Vicky Gonder, who is alleged to be behind the shootout incident.
The family also raised objections over the leaking of pictures of Sukha’s body during the post-mortem examination on Facebook and WhatsApp.
On Saturday, the police were seen moving around at Kahlwan to keep an eye the on movement of people in the village.
Meanwhile, the police continue to clamp down on history sheeters and rounded up around 100 suspects in the murder case in last two days.
All station house officers (SHOs) have been asked to round up suspects in their jurisdiction and interrogate them to find out their links with Jaipal, Gonder and Prem Lahoria of Jalandhar besides others allegedly involved in gunning down the gangster.
On Friday night, Suraj Lahoria, allegedly close to Prem Lahoria, appeared at the CIA staff office. He is in police custody.
A police official said similar raids to bust potential hideouts of the suspects are being carried out across the state following orders from high-ups. “People with criminal background are being interrogated.
We are trying to find if they have links with the Gonder gang. We are yet to get a lead this connection,” he added.
The official further said the police have assured the deceased gangster’s family that the accused will be arrested soon and hopefully Sukha’s body will be cremated on Sunday.
HT tried to contact inspector general of police (zone-II) Lok Nath Angra, who is supervising the investigation in the case, but he was unavailable for comments.