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Gangster Romy will be extradited from Hong Kong soon, claim cops

Romy was arrested in Hong Kong in involvement in a Rs 30-crore robbery in February this year.

punjab Updated: Jul 31, 2018 10:28 IST
Ravinder Vasudeva
Ravinder Vasudeva
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Gangster Ramanjit Singh Romy
Gangster Ramanjit Singh Romy (HT File )

The Punjab Police is ‘very hopeful’ of getting the custody of Hong Kong-based gangster, Ramanjit Singh Romy, 28, who is wanted in the state as the main conspirator in targeted killings of religious and social leaders and for his role as the kingpin of the Nabha jailbreak.

Romy, who was born in Bhinderkhurad village in Dharamkot tehsil of Moga, had jumped bail and escaped to Hong Kong after two months of his arrest in June 2017.

“Exchange of documents is on between Indian and Hong Kong authorities. Just today (Monday), our DIG lead a team in Delhi that had an important meeting with officials of the Union ministry of external affairs to complete formalities for his extradition. You will soon hear the good news about Romy’s extradition,” said Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, IG, Organised Crime Control Unit (OCCU) of the intelligence wing.

Romy was arrested in Hong Kong in involvement in a Rs 30-crore robbery in February this year.

This was after India strongly pursued the case for his extradition with the Hong Kong authorities giving repeated dossiers that showed him working as a bond between gangsters in India and the ISI of Pakistan.

According to Punjab Police investigation into targeted killing in the state, including the high-profile killing of RSS’s Punjab vice-chief Brig (retd) Jagdish Gagneja, Romy funded these killings.

Romy, considered to be a puppet in the hands of Babbar Khalsa leaders, operating in Pakistan, was in touch with another key conspirator of the targeted killings and another UK resident Jagtar Singh Jaggi Johal, the police have claimed.

He is also accused of funding the Nabha Jail break in November 2016, in which Khalistan Liberation Force (KCF) chief Harminder Singh Mintoo, another militant Kashmir Singh, and gangsters Vicky Gounder, Gurpreet Singh Sekhon, Neeta Deol and Amandeep Dhotian escaped after armed men stormed the Nabha jail in Patiala district.

“His arrest seems a matter of time now,” the IG added. An OCCU team led by AIG Gurmeet Chaudhan has also visited Hong Kong to hold meetings with their counterparts.

First Published: Jul 31, 2018 10:28 IST

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