Dilpreet’s sharpshooter Harjinder arrested in Ropar
The accused was shot in the arm in retaliatory fire after he opened fire at the police in an encounter on the SYL canal bridge at Pathrerri Jattan village near Rupnagar.Updated: Aug 11, 2018 22:55 IST
District police arrested Harjinder Singh alias Akaash, 21, a sharpshooter working for gangster Dilpreet Singh Dhahan, after a 10km chase on the Rupnagar-Morinda road on Saturday morning.
The accused was shot in the arm in retaliatory fire after he opened fire at the police in an encounter on the SYL canal bridge at Pathrerri Jattan village near Rupnagar.
Police sources said Harjinder was Dilpreet’s accomplice in the attack on Punjabi singer Parmish Verma in Mohali in April this year, and the murder of Satnam Singh, sarpanch of Khurd village in Hoshiarpur district, in Sector 38 West, Chandigarh, on April 9, 2017.
Phone in robbed SUV helps nab accused
A victim’s mobile phone left behind in a car snatched by the accused helped police trace and nab Harjinder.
Harjinder took away the Toyota Fortuner (CH01BR-1212) on gunpoint from the parking of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib on Friday night.
After getting information about the carjacking, police began a search for the vehicle after registering a case under Section 382 (theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to the committing of the theft) of Indian Penal Code and Section 25 of the Arms Act at the Anandpur Sahib police station.
Police managed to trace the car near Rupnagar by tracking the mobile phone of the car driver that was left behind in the SUV.
After about a 10km chase, police cornered the car on SYL canal bridge on Rupnagar-Morinda road around 5:30am on Saturday.
Unable to flee, Harjinder opened fire at police, and was hit in the arm in retaliatory fire. This led to his arrest and recovery of a Mauser gun and cartridges from his possession. He was booked under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act at Singh-Bhagwantpura police station.
He was taken to Rupnagar civil hospital where Dilpreet is also undergoing treatment for a bullet injury during an encounter in Chandigarh on July 9. The latter is currently in the custody of Rupnagar police for probe into more than a dozen criminal cases registered in the district.
After being discharged from the hospital, Harjinder was produced before a court that remanded him in police custody till August 14.
Wanted in Maharashtra, Haryana and Punjab
Rupnagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) Swapan Sharma said a resident of Nanded Sahib in Maharashtra, Harjinder was wanted in five cases of murder and 13 cases of dacoity, robbery and Arms Act, by the police of Maharashtra, Haryana and Punjab.
Having entered the world of organised crime at the age of 17, he has been active in Punjab for the past few months, Sharma said.
“Harjinder is a sharpshooter for the Dilpreet-Rinda gang and was involved in the attack on Punjabi singer Parmish Verma in April this year,” the SSP said.
Sources in the police said Harjinder had even collected extortion money from Parmish’s friends in Delhi. Sharma said the accused had been rallying gang members to free Dilpreet from police custody during court hearings since his arrest in Chandigarh.
Had gunned down sarpanch in Chandigarh
Police sources said Harjinder was along with Harvinder Singh Rinda and Dilpreet when they executed the murder of Satnam Singh, sarpanch of Khurd village in Hoshiarpur district, outside a gurdwara in Sector 38 West, Chandigarh, on April 9, 2017.
Rinda, Dilpreet and Harjinder had links with the Vicky Gounder gang. Harjinder Singh Bhullar, alias Vicky Gounder, was shot dead by Punjab Police in an encounter in January. Rinda is on the run.
They added that Harjinder had also accompanied Rinda when he fired eight bullets at the president of the Students Organisation of India (SOI), while chasing him with four others around the Student Centre on Panjab University campus, Chandigarh, on April 8, 2016.
First Published: Aug 11, 2018 22:54 IST