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Don’t kill me, Punjab gangster Dilpreet pleaded for life after being shot in Chandigarh

Dilpreet’s love for fast cars, preaching against drug abuse when he himself was an addict and physically abusing the women in his life, are different facets of the gangster’s life.

punjab Updated: Jul 13, 2018 09:51 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Dilpreet went unnoticed by the police when he was admitted for two days in January at the PGIMER after a drug overdose.(HT File)

Mainu mariyo na (Don’t kill me),” pleaded one of the region’s most-wanted gangsters involved in 30 cases of murder, robbery and extortion. Dilpreet Singh Baba begged policemen for his life after a bullet shot by a policeman pierced his thigh during a brief encounter at the Inter State Bus Terminus in Chandigarh’s Sector 43 on Monday afternoon.

Dilpreet’s love for fast cars, preaching against drug abuse when he himself was an addict and physically abusing the women in his life, are different facets of the gangster’s life now being revealed by the police.

“Dilpreet had first fired at us and as we retaliated, injuring him, he dropped his weapon and raised his arms, urging us not to kill him,” said Tejinder Singh Sandhu, DSP, state special operation cell (SSOC). “He was under the influence of drugs when he was arrested,” the official said.

A silver foil and matchbox (reportedly for drug use) were recovered from the gangster’s car. Fond of driving automatic cars, he was also addicted to speed and would not drive below 130-140 kmph.

WAS AT PGI AFTER DRUG OVERDOSE

Dilpreet went unnoticed by the police when he was admitted for two days in January at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) after a drug overdose. He had then collapsed outside his Sector 38 house in Chandigarh, police said on Thursday.

He had been admitted under the false name of Gagandeep Singh.

SSOC DSP Tejinder Singh Sandhu said the police are looking into hospital records for evidence. Rupinder Kaur, alias Ruby, said to be Dilpreet’s live-in partner, had then taken him to the hospital.

Her sister Harpreet Kaur and she, both reportedly being two-timed by the gangster, are under arrest for harbouring him.

Gagandeep Singh is also the name of Ruby’s estranged husband, who owns an immigration consultancy firm and is accused of fraud and rape in Ludhiana.

UNDER WATCH

Two CCTV cameras have been fixed inside the room and gallery at PGIMER where Dilpreet is admitted, police said. Only staff attending on him are allowed in after a check. Dilpreet is bedridden and could take up to six weeks to recover.

His medicines are brought in by the police.

During questioning, Harpreet and Ruby told the police that Dilpreet had become insecure after gangster Vicky Gounder’s death in an encounter in January. “He had told Ruby that his days were numbered after Gounder’s encounter,” a police official said.

“He suspected Harpreet of infidelity and used to beat her up. Ruby was once beaten so badly that she had to be treated by doctors at the Government Multi Specialty Hospital in Sector 16,” the official said.

With inputs from Tanbir Dhaliwal

First Published: Jul 13, 2018 09:43 IST