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Chandigarh police were clueless as gangster Dilpreet visited malls, saw movies

Named as accused in 30 cases of murder, extortion, dacoity and robbery, the gangster visited malls and saw Sanju and Race 3 in the past few days.

punjab Updated: Jul 11, 2018 11:07 IST
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Gangster Dilpreet,Dilpreet in Punjab,Dilpreet Singh Dhahan
Gangster Dilpreet Singh Dhahan

In what’s turning out to be a major embarrassment for Chandigarh police, there are reports coming in now of gangster Dilpreet Singh Dhahan living and moving around freely in the city, visiting hot spots such as Elante mall and catching up with latest Hindi movie releases with his live-in girlfriend Rupinder Kaur.

Senior UT police officials who had all along maintained that Dilpreet was on the run and spotted frequently in Baddi in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh will be hard put to explain how the gangster managed to live under their nose for months in Sector 38, the very same place where he had allegedly gunned down Satnaam Singh, sarpanch of Hoshiarpur’s Khurda village, in broad daylight last year.

Dilpreet was arrested and injured on Monday after an encounter with the police.

Named as accused in 30 cases of murder, extortion, dacoity and robbery, he visited malls and saw Sanju and Race 3 in the past few days, AIG, state special operations cell, Varinder Pal Singh said.

A youngster living in Dilpreet’s neighbourhood said, “He would come out wearing a cap and would wait after crossing the road dividing Sectors 38 and 40. After some time a woman on a Honda Activa scooter would take him to the gurdwara close by.”

His neighbour, Harish, who works for food delivery startup Swiggy said “The two were living here for the past one year with two children studying in classes 9 and 4 in a government school.”

Neighbours said though he did not interact much with anyone the gangster took care to dress well, often “wearing branded clothes.”

Meanwhile, the city’s new police chief said Dilpreet’s presence in the city was a “wake up call for the police force to do things differently and change their track of working.”

However, there are many good takeaways from the shoot-out as well. The coordination among tricity police is improving and it is helping the police nab criminals, UT director general of police Sanjay Baniwal added.

Crime branch officials on Tuesday afternoon visited Dilpreet’s house and took away a silver Nissan Terrano SUV bought reportedly by Dilpreet and Rupinder five days ago after selling a Mitsubishi Lancer. A hockey stick was found in the car.

Dilpreet giving docs a ‘tough’ time

The gangster is giving a tough time to doctors at the PGIMER. Admitted to the hospital after being shot at in a police encounter on Monday, he’s being administered painkillers and other medication to stop involuntary seizures, likely to be withdrawal symptoms because of his drug habits, police sources said.

A team of doctors has also begun treating Dilpreet for drug de-addiction. He would consume ‘chitta’ (a heroin-based narcotic concoction) three times a day, police said. Dilpreet will also need to undergo another surgery as the wound from his bullet injury had bled, indicating the previous surgery had not worked.

Meanwhile, his sister told HT that she met him at PGI where he told her he didn’t take drugs and the police was pressuring him to confess to supplying of drugs.”

First Published: Jul 11, 2018 10:57 IST