Amritsar police nab gangster who shared encounter fear on FB
Pandit was wanted in over 15 cases of murder and robbery.punjab Updated: Jan 31, 2018 22:44 IST
Wanted gangster Gagandeep, alias Gagan Pandit, of Chabhal in Tarn Taran, who had posted on Facebook that he feared being killed by the police after Punjab’s most-wanted gangster Vicky Gounder was shot dead, was arrested in Amritsar on Tuesday.
Linked to Gounder’s gang, he was wanted by police in Amritsar (rural) and Tarn Taran in at least 18 cases, including those of murder, attempt to murder and robbery. Deputy Superintendent of police (DSP) Harpreet Singh confirmed that Gagan is a gangster in “B category”. “We have also recovered a country-made pistol from him,” he added.
Gagan is said to be a friend of Amritpal Singh Bath of Mianpur who, along with a man named Lovepreet Singh Nagoke, was nabbed in Khadoor Sahib on Sunday. The police had termed Amritpal and Lovepreet as aides of Gounder and they were booked for providing financial support and shelter to Gounder after he had escaped from the Nabha jail in November 2016.
The DSP said Pandit was, however, arrested in a case of a clash which took place between two groups during a wedding at a resort in Amritsar on December 11. Two persons were killed in that clash.
Gagan’s brother Amarjit Singh claimed he was being falsely implicated. “Police had booked a Congress leader from Chabhal too in the case, but they have arrested only Gagan.”
Gagan on January 28, after the arrest of Amritpal, had posted a message at his Facebook page, which said: “Amritpal is a very innocent brother of ours, but police have been committing excesses with him. Police falsely implicated him because he wanted to fight election of sarpanch this time. This is happening under political pressure. We should help Amritpal, who has no relation with any gangster. We have apprehensions that the police may kill us in an encounter.”
A Facebook friend of Gagan also posted on the page that the police had arrested Gagan from a market in Amritsar and a police officer opened fire before arresting him. But superintendent of police (SP), investigation, Harpal Singh rejected the allegations of opening fire.
First Published: Jan 31, 2018 13:04 IST