A gangster was killed and another injured in exchange of fire between two factions near Baath village on Tarn Taran-Khadoor Sahib road on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.
Dilbag Singh alias Lamma of Patti, who was found dead with bullet injuries, had been released on bail from Faridkot jail in a murder case recenlty. He was facing four criminal cases.
Akul Khatri, the injured, has been admitted to Fortis Hospital, Amritsar. He is a resident of Amritsar’s Mehta village and an associate of Lamma. Both are said to be members of the Jaggu Bhagwanpuria gang.
The firing took place between members of Lamma and Davinder Singh gangs. Davinder was reportedly accompanied by his associates, Goru Bacha (Ludhiana) and one Money. Davinder, also known as ‘Sharp Shooter’, is a resident of Bambiha village in Moga district and is wanted in a number of cases, including those of murder.
An abandoned and badlydamaged Toyota Fortuner was found at the shooting site and it appeared that it had met with a mishap after coming under heavy firing. There are as many as 150 bullet marks on the vehicle. Inside, there was blood all over. A pistol and some cartridges were also recovered from the spot.
Superintendent of police (investigation) Jagmohan Singh said things will be clear once Khatri was in a state to make a statement.
Later, some pictures of Lamma’s body showed both his hands tied with a tape, suggesting that he was killed in captivity.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Sources said Lamma aide Khatri was hiding from the police and Davinder got to know about his location. Davinder and his aides had kidnapped Khatri. Khatri’s mother Honey has also confirmed her son’s kidnapping.
Near Khadoor Sahib, Davinder forced Khatri to call up Lamma and ask him to reach a place nearby without making him realise that the call was being made at Davinder’s behest. But, Lamma sensed the trouble, and he, along with his aides, carrying heavy arms, turned up at the spot.
Soon, both sides started firing at each other in which Lamma was killed. Davinder and his aides left the place, leaving Khatri behind, presuming him to be dead.Khatri’s mother told that somebody dropped her son to a hospital at Baba Bakala of Amritsar district. The employees of the hospital called the Police which took him to Fortis hospital at Amritsar.
The police said Khatri’s aides may have dropped him near the hospital.
However, as per a Facebook post of Jaggu Bhagwanpuria gang, Lamma and Khatri were in Davinder Bambiha gang’s captivity and firing was result of an operation to rescue them.
FACEBOOK POST CLAIMS VICTIM, SURVIVOR WERE KIDNAPPED BY BAMBIHA GANG
As per a Facebook post by Jaggu Bhagwanpuria gang, Lamma and Khatri were in Davinder Bambiha gang’s custody after being kidnapped. The posts read: “Davinder Bambiha kidnapped our brothers Akul Khatri and then Lamma Patti. At 10.30pm on Tuesday, our friends carried out a rescue operation and got Akul rescued. Bambiha managed to flee in the darkness after abandoning his Toyota Fortuner. Bambiha’s aides saved their lives by taking shelter in the fields. Sad news is that Lamma Patti was found dead at some other place. Friends, our brother’s death will not go a waste and God will do the justice. Miss you, Lamma Patti veer!”