The district police have claimed to have arrested the mastermind behind Swami Sarvanand Giri Punjab University’s regional campus student Manpreet Singh Manna, and his two accomplices and recovered weapons and smack from them.
Although, the police are said to have nabbed the culprits from some other location, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kuldip Singh Chahal claimed that the trio – Satwinder Singh alias Kala Falahi, Satnam Chaudhary alias Amna Bhalwan and Bhupinder Kumar alias Sonu – were arrested during a special checking in Garhshankar on Tuesday when they were travelling in the same Xylo car (PB 01-A-2110) they had used in the crime. He revealed that two kg smack, two 7.65 mm pistols, one .315-bore pistol, one .12-bore gun and a large quantity of cartridges were seized from them.
The SSP revealed that Kala Falahi was a notorious man, who was wanted in several criminal cases, including that of murder, dacoity and narcotic smuggling.
Accused Amna had been convicted in a murder case and was out on parole when he executed Manna’s murder, he informed. He claimed that Kala Falahi, a former student of Khalsa College, Mahilpur, and imprisoned gangster Billa Gujjar had planned Manna’s murder as part of their battle of supremacy in college politics and the former had executed the plan with the help of the other accused.
The SSP said that a complaint had been lodged with the ADGP (jails) in regard to Gujjar’s criminal activities from inside the Amritsar central jail.
The district police chief said that after Manna’s killing, the Falahi-Gujjar duo had planned the murder of another city resident, but the police preempted the move. “We have also identified the student of the Sarvanand Giri campus, who had done recce on Manna before his murder. He will be arrested soon,” he claimed.
He said that Kala Falahi was involved in about 25 criminal cases but only six FIRs were registered against him. “It can be the negligence of police or fear of the gangster that the public did not lodge complaints against him,” he added.