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Know about the six notorious gangs of Punjab

Punjab’s gang culture — manifested in young men turning to the world of crime and reflected in pop songs — remains a major concern.

punjab Updated: Feb 05, 2018 13:40 IST
Ravinder Vasudeva
Ravinder Vasudeva
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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In the past decade, Punjab saw a proliferation of gangs.(HT Photo)

In the past decade, Punjab saw a proliferation of gangs. Their numbers surged and there was a spurt in extortion and loot, striking fear in the hearts of residents.

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Here are some of the gangsters and the gangs they operate:

Jaipal Singh, Shera Khuban gang

Region: Punjab

Crime: Extortion and highway robberies

Being run in the name of Gurshahid Singh alias Shera Khuban, killed in an encounter in Bathinda in 2012, the gang, led by Jaipal Singh, one of the most dreaded gangsters, carries out its activities across the state. The gang is involved in extortion and highway robberies. However, Jaipal is underground from the time he and his associates killed rival Jaswinder Singh Rocky near Parwanoo in Himachal in April 2016.

Sukha Kahlon, Sukha Kahlon gang

Region: Doaba and Majha in Punjab

Crime: Kidnapping, ATM looting, property grabbing

Despite the killing of ‘sharpshooter’ Sukhbir Singh alias Sukha Kahlon by the Gounder group in 2015, the gang is active in Doaba and Majha regions. Kahlon was being taken to court when assailants took the policemen accompanying him hostage, shot him dead and danced around his body. Vicky Gounder and Kahlon were together in Jalandhar Sports College in 2007, but fell out.

Gurbaksh Sewewala, Sewewala gang

Region: Malwa, Haryana, Rajasthan

Crime: Murder, loot, ransom

Based in the Malwa region, the gang was formed by Ranjeet Sewewala. After he was killed in 2015, his brother Gurbax Singh, an ‘A’ category gangster, took charge. The gang came into existence following the death of notorious criminal Davinder Bambiha. The Sewewala brothers inducted most of Bambiha’s gang members into their group. Gurbax was caught by the police in Bathinda in September 2017 after an encounter.

Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, Jaggu Bhagwanpuria gang

Region: Punjab

Crime: Extortion and highway robberies

Active in Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts, the gang is headed by Jaggu Bhagwanpuria who remained an irritant for the police till his arrest in July 2015. It has strong links with the Sukha Kahlon gang in Doaba. But the Bhagwanpuria gang fell foul of Gounder who killed three of its members in Gurdaspur in August last year. Besides kidnapping and extortion, the gang is also involved in drug and arms smuggling in areas along the international border with Pakistan.

Supreet Singh, Harry Chattha gang

Region: Majha (Punjab), UP

Crime: Murder, extortion and highway robberies

Active in the Majha region, the gang is headed by Supreet Singh alias Harry Chattha from Batala with Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi Ghanshampuria from Amritsar being a key member. Both are in the ‘most wanted list’ of the state police and have remained elusive so far. This gang played a key role in the Nabha jail break in November 2016. Other members include Sukhmeet Singh alias Sukha Gurdaspur and Gurpreet Kaura.

Lawrence Bishnoi, Lawrence Bishnoi gang

Region: Malwa, Delhi, Rajasthan

Crime: Highway robberies, contract killing

A former student leader of Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), he was a student of DAV College in Chandigarh. He is presently lodged in Jodhpur Central Jail in Rajasthan. The gang, which operates in Malwa region of Punjab, Delhi and Rajasthan, is involved in highway robberies and contract killings. It also trades in illegal arms. The gangster recently hit the headlines last month for threatening to kill Bollywood actor Salman Khan. Naresh Bishnoi and Sunil Nehra are the other members of his gang.

First Published: Feb 05, 2018 13:40 IST