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Dilpreet held: Fallout with aide, desperation for money pushed gangster into drug business

Drugs, including ‘chitta’ were smuggled from Maharashtra and given to Dilpreet by one of his gang member, Akashdeep Singh, for sale in Punjab.

punjab Updated: Jul 13, 2018 09:51 IST
Shubkarman Dhaliwal
Shubkarman Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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The officials privy to the investigation claimed that Dilpreet in December had a fallout with his key aide and gangster Harvinder Singh, alias Rinda.

Notorious gangster Dilpreet Singh Dhahan was in dire need of money after his gang members failed to extort the same, said state special operation cell (SSOC) officials on Wednesday.

The officials privy to the investigation claimed that Dilpreet in December had a fallout with his key aide and gangster Harvinder Singh, alias Rinda of Nanded Sahib, Maharashtra. “Rinda married his long-time girlfriend Manpreet Kaur, who later got arrested in Kolkata. At the same time, Rinda had sought monetary help from Dilpreet to help his wife evade the arrest, but he didn’t lend any support,” said a top cop requesting anonymity.

Rinda, who also has multiple murder cases registered against him in Maharashtra, used to extort money and share it with Dilpreet. DSP Tajinder Singh said, “When all efforts by the gang members to extort money failed, Dilpreet entered the drug business.”

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Drugs, including ‘chitta’ were smuggled from Maharashtra and given to Dilpreet by one of his gang member, Akashdeep Singh, for the sale in Punjab. It could be touted as a desperate measure adopted by the gang members to meet their expenses.

Dilpreet, who kept a low-profile for sometime, became the prime target of the police after he claimed responsibility of the attack on Punjabi singer Parmish Verma in April this year.

AIG (SSOC) Varinderpal Singh said, “With the amount of arms and ammunition at their disposal, there is every possibility that they could have killed Parmish. They wanted to instil fear in the mind of people so that they could extort money.”

As per the sources in the police, Dilpreet had gifted a Nissan Terrano to Rupinder that was bought by drug money. He had purchased it on EMI.

When family asked Dilpreet to surrender

Investigating officers claimed that Dilpreet’s sister Ramanpreet Kaur and his mother Surinder Kaur had met him at a Sector-34 gurdwara in January. Confirming it, Ramanpreet said, “We met him and urged him to surrender. He was sporting a beard and had assured us that he would surrender soon, but didn’t tell when.”

Gangster showing Withdrawal symptoms

One of the doctors treating Dilpreet said on Wednesday, “His lower end of the thigh bone has sustained a fracture due to exit of bullet. He has been operated upon. The first surgery was to stabilise the fracture and temporary fixation has been done. Once the wound heals, he will be operated upon again.”

“The patient is also showing withdrawal symptoms as he was an addict. Another team of doctors is dealing with that,” he added.

First Published: Jul 12, 2018 12:07 IST