A day after the Punjab Police’s special task force (STF) arrested gangsters Gaurav Sharma, alias Goru Bachcha , of Ludhiana, and Manpreet Singh, alias Mani Raiya, of Amritsar, it claimed that the accused were bracing up for another gang war. The STF said the duo was involved in the recent gang war at Tarn Taran in which one gangster was killed and another seriously injured.
IG (STF) Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh told the media that they had secret information about the presence of the gangsters and that another gang war could erupt. He said the accused opened fire at the police party that was trailing them and the STF team nabbed two of them from Nagoke road. Others managed to flee from the spot.
“We have seized two pistols and cartridges from their possession. A case has been registered,” he said.
On STF, he said, would be collaborating with the police in all districts to curb the organised crime in Punjab by arresting gangsters. “The hearings of the gangsters will be arranged through video conferencing as it has been seen that they try to flee when they are taken for the hearings or rivals attack them,” he said.
“Give the STF some time. The results will be visible,” he said.
Goru Bachcha and Mani Raiya are wanted in more than 20 cases, including murder, attempt to murder, robbery and carjacking.
On April 7 this year, Goru allegedly had gunned down a three-wheeler driver, Vikrant Kumar, in Dugri locality of Ludhiana over a parking row. Later, on June 23, he pumped six bullets into his friend-turned-foe, Johny Lamba, in Manjit Nagar, Ludhiana.
He suspected that Johny was passing on information about him to the police. Johny survived the attack.
A school dropout, Goru, 23, is the son of Bittu, who runs an orchestra group and is a small-time singer. Goru was once a member of the Sachin Mohini gang, but later formed his own gang.