Gangster killed in encounter in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur; kingpin Manna escapes with bullet injury

Acting on a tip-off, police raided an abandoned house behind an FCI godown in Mahilpur area where the three gangsters were hiding; third gangster hospitalised
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Published on Mar 09, 2020 09:40 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent

HOSHIARPUR: Wanted gangster Varinder Singh, alias Shooter, was killed in a police encounter at Mahilpur in this district on Sunday night, while the gang’s kingpin, Mandeep Singh Manna escaped despite a bullet injury in a leg.

Police said their accomplice, Gurjant Singh, was arrested and hospitalised with injuries.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gaurav Garg said the police acted on a tip-off that the three gangsters were hiding in an abandoned house behind a Food Corporation of India (FCI) godown.

“We had information about the movement of the gangsters in the area. When the police raided the house, the gangsters opened fire. Varinder Singh was killed in the shootout, while Gurjant was injured and Manna fled,” the SSP said.

Sources said Manna fled despite a bullet injury in a leg.

A case was registered under Sections 307 (attempt to murder); 353 (assault to deter public servant from discharging duty); and 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of duty) of the Indian Penal Code besides Section 25/34 of the Arms Act.

Manna belongs to Nurmahal, while Varinder was from Nadoki village in Kapurthala district and their accomplice Gurjant Singh from Gobindpur Lohgarh in Jalandhar district. All three were wanted in murder cases.

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