Amritsar councillor’s murder: Bhagwanpuria, Sonu Kangla sent to 5-day police custody

Jaggu Bhagwanpuria and Sonu Kangla are among the six who were booked by name for the murder of Congress councillor Pehlwan Gurdeep Singh.

punjab Updated: Jun 10, 2018 13:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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Drug peddler Sonu Kangla being taken to the court of the duty magistrate in Amritsar on Saturday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

The police on Saturday took notorious gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria and drug peddler Sonu Kangla on five-day remand in the case of Amritsar councillor’s murder after presenting them before the duty magistrate here.

As per the police, the duo has been named in the first information report (FIR) registered on the complaint of the family of Congress councillor Pehlwan Gurdeep Singh, who was shot dead by three unidentified men at a wrestling arena in the Gol Bagh area of the city, on June 1.

Jaggu Bhagwanpuria and Sonu Kangla are among the six who were booked by name for the murder of Gurdeep. Other accused are gangster Karan Masti, gangster Bobby Malhotra, a bookie of Amritsar Sonu Mota, Rinka Amar, Angrej Singh and Arun Churrimar.

Both the accused, who had been lodged in different jails of Punjab, were presented before the duty magistrate, judicial magistrate first class (JMIC) Mandeep Singh amid tight security at 5 pm.

Deputy commissioner of police (DCP-investigation), Jagmohan Singh, said on Saturday a special team of the police was sent to bring Jaggu Bhagwanpuria from the Hoshiarpur jail and Sonu Kangla from the Faridkot Jail. “They were presented before the duty magistrate, who remanded them to 5-day custody. During the remand, we will investigate the role of the gangster and the drug peddler in the murder of the councillor.”

Police had demanded 10-day remand, but the court gave only five days to investigate the killing as Jaggu’s lawyer said in the court that the police wanted his remand only on the basis of a Facebook post, which was posted from a fake account.

Three days after the councillor’s murder, a Facebook post surfaced, which named four persons, reportedly belonging to Jaggu’s gang, who ‘killed’ Gurdeep. The Facebook status, however, was posted from the page of Sangam Malhotra, who was shot dead in 2014 andwhose body was found in the Gujjarpura area here. Sangam is the brother of gangster Bobby Malhotra, who is in the Bathinda jail, and a close aide of Jaggu Bhagwanpuria.

However, police said they had booked Jaggu, Kangla and others on the complaint of the Gurdeep’s family members as Jaggu had threatened to killGurdeepin 2015. Manjit Singh Bobby, a friend of the councillor, had claimed that Bhagwanpuria had been nursing a grudge againstGurdeepsince 2014 when he had testified against the gangster in a murder case.

First Published: Jun 10, 2018 13:17 IST