Gangsters Gounder, Lahoriya cremated amid tight security
Heavy police force was deployed on the routes leading to his native village as a large number of people attended Gounder’s cremation.Updated: Jan 28, 2018 23:16 IST
Hindustan Times, Muktsar/Jalandhar
Gangsters Harjinder Singh, alias Vicky Gounder, and his aide Prema Lahoriya, who were shot dead by Punjab Police on the Punjab-Rajasthan border in Sriganganagar on Friday evening, were cremated at their native villages amid tight security on Sunday.
While Gounder, 29, was cremated at Sarawan Bodla village in Muktsar district, 30-year-old Lahoriya’s last rites were performed at Basti Mithu village in Jalandhar.
Gounder’s body was handed over to his family late on Saturday evening at the Sriganganagar civil hospital. Heavy police force was deployed on the routes leading to Sarawan Bodla village as a large number of people attended Gounder’s cremation.
Encounter fake, allege kin
Gounder’s family members claimed that he was killed in a fake encounter. His maternal uncle Gurbhej Singh said: “Vicky called me on WhatsApp. He was ready to surrender, but police killed them. Rajasthan Police have assured us of a fair inquiry. We will move court if we don’t justice.”
A pal of gloom descended on the village as the residents offered condolences to the bereaved family.
Lahoriya’s mother Manjeet Kaur also alleged that he was killed in a fake encounter.
Gounder was a state-level discus thrower before he plunged into a world of crime to become the state’s most wanted man. Born in a middle-income farming family in Sarawan Bodla village of Muktsar district, Harjinder Singh Bhullar was the eldest of three children of Mehal Singh. He was known as ‘Vicky’ in primary school. The tag ‘Gounder’ was suffixed because he used to spend most of his time in the ‘ground’ (playground).
Wanted in more than 10 cases of murder, gangwar, jailbreak, extortion and smuggling, Gounder was under watch for his possible links with radicals as well as the ISI.
Lahoriya was the youngest of four siblings. Lahoriya and Gounder were friends and studied together at Government Arts and Sports College in Jalandhar. He was an athlete known for 110-metre hurdles. Lahoriya was facing 13 criminal cases, including one for a murder, six for attempt to murder, and six under the Arms Act, in Jalandhar, Amritsar, Patiala and Kapurthala.
First Published: Jan 28, 2018 23:14 IST