Police on Wednesday ‘officially’ announced the arrest of criminal Harjinder Singh alias Vicky Gounder, the prime accused in the murder of gangster Sukha Kahlan. Inspector general of police (border zone) Lok Nath Angra, deputy inspector general (border) Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh and senior superintendent of police Tarn Taran Manmohan Sharma finally confirmed the development on Wednesday. On Tuesday, HT had reported the arrest and also the police’s reluctance to put it on record. The Facebook page of Gounder’s gang had also confirmed on Tuesday itself that he had been arrested.
IGP Angra said on Sunday, cops had stopped three men on a motorcycle near Jhuggian Kalu village under Patti police station, but the men had fired at the police party before escaping.
“We sealed the district and ordered a red alert. On Tuesday, a naka was set up on the link road to Sabhra village in the Mand area. Here, two men on a motorcycle tried to turn back on seeing the barricade. However, ASI Bakhshish Singh and others nabbed them,” said Angra.
The arrested were identified as Gounder, a native of Srawan Bodlan village in Muktsar and his aide Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Dasuwal village in Tarn Taran.
A 30 bore pistol, two magazines and eight bullets were recovered from Gounder’s possession, the police said.
DIG Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh said, “The gangster has confessed to his involvement in the murder of rival gangster Sukha Kahlwan on January 21 this year.
The accused have been booked under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 24, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act at the Patti police station.
Gounder, a resident of Ferozepur, is part of a gang started by Jaipal Singh. The gang is involved in a series of highway robberies and murders.
On Gounder’s background, IGP Angra said, “He took admission at Sports College Jalandhar in 2003 from where his criminal career started. He went underground in Delhi, Gurgaon, Panchkula, Siligudi and other cities in Punjab to avoid detection.”