Joint police teams from six districts of Punjab are looking for eight suspects belonging to various gangs for their alleged involvement in the murder of gangster Sukha Kahlwan, who was shot dead on January 21 in Phagwara while being taken to the high-security Nabha jail.
The suspects have been identified as Jaipal, Harjinder Singh, alias Vicky Gonder, a resident of Ferozepur, Gurpreet Singh Mudki of Faridkot, Prema Lahoria of Jalandhar, Kulbir Singh Deol of Bhagat Singh Nagar in Moga, Pavittar Singh and Sabba, both residents of Jalandhar.
Investigations have revealed that a retired police inspector's son was also one of the key conspirators in the case and special teams have been conducting raids in Delhi, Rajasthan and other neighbouring states and sought the help of local police in arresting him.
The investigation further hinted that earlier the inspector’s family was living in Ajnala town of Amritsar and then moved to Ferozepur district.
Sources said the Ludhiana police have rounded up Gurjeet, alias Sonu, of Lidhra, for allegedly hatching the murder conspiracy.
Gurjeet was a friend of Navpreet Singh Lovely, whom Kahlon had allegedly killed on February 1, 2010.
Sources said Sonu was first picked by a team of Amritsar police and then he was taken to Ludhiana, three days after the incident.
Sonu told the police that four teams were formed to eliminate Sukha on January 21.
A team was camping in the district judicial complex and another was near Haveli restaurant while two teams were in Phagwara that day, he revealed.
As soon as Sonu revealed this during interrogation, police teams from Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Ludhiana, Faridkot, Amritsar and Muktsar conducted raids at several places.
Sources said weapons used in the crime by the gang are used by security forces. Last week, the Ludhiana police had claimed to have recovered two Toyota Fortuners purportedly used in when committing the crime.
On January 21, Sukha Kahlwan, a resident of Kahlwan village in Kartarpur, was shot dead by 15-20 unidentified persons outside a private school in Phagwara when six policemen were bringing him back to the Nabha jail in a Gypsy after a hearing in a local court in Jalandhar.