Vicky Gounder and others wore camouflage jackets to avoid suspicion
Punjab’s most wanted gangster Harjinder Singh, alias Vicky Gounder, was wanted in 15 cases of murder, kidnapping and robbery.Updated: Jan 31, 2018 21:24 IST
Gangster Vicky Gounder and his two accomplices, who were gunned down in a police encounter in Sri Ganganagar last week, used to wear camouflage jackets, resembling those worn by the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, to avoid suspicion, police officials said on Wednesday.
Punjab’s most wanted gangster Harjinder Singh, alias Vicky Gounder, was wanted in 15 cases of murder, kidnapping and robbery. He emerged as the prime target of the Punjab police after he broke out of the Nabha high-security jail in November 2016.
Gounder, along with his accomplices Prema Lahoriya and Sawinder Singh, was killed in a shootout with the Punjab police on January 26 in the district’s Pakki village near Punjab border.
“Even at the time of the encounter, the men were wearing those camouflage jackets,” said Sri Ganganagar additional superintendent of police Surendra Singh Rathore, who is conducting an investigation into the case.
The three men were living at the house of Lakhwinder Singh, who was arrested on Tuesday, for a week before the encounter.
According to local accounts, the trio would mostly confine themselves to the house and would go out only at night. The police said that although Lakhwinder was in contact with the gangster, there were no criminal cases against him.
While the additional district magistrate Nakath Dan Barhath is conducting a magisterial enquiry into the encounter, an FIR of the incident was registered in Hindumalkot police station. Sri Ganganagar police have also seized two AK-47 and six pistols of the Punjab police teams for investigation purposes. The FSL team also collected samples from the encounter site.
First Published: Jan 31, 2018 21:24 IST