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Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019

I shot at singer Parmish Verma, says Punjab gangster in Facebook post

The Punjab gangster Dilpreet Singh Dhahan wrote in a Facebook post that he was behind the shooting of singer Parmish Verma. The post has been shared 1,152 times.

punjab Updated: Apr 14, 2018 22:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Dilpreet Singh Dhahan’s Facebook profile picture.
Dilpreet Singh Dhahan’s Facebook profile picture. (Facebook Photo)

Punjab gangster Dilpreet Singh Dhahan has claimed to be behind Punjabi singer Parmish Verma’s shooting. Dhahan uploaded a status on his Facebook page, along with a picture of himself holding a pistol and another picture of Verma with a cross drawn on it.

The ‘Gaal ni kadni’ singer and his friend were shot on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday in Phase 8, Industrial Area, Mohali.

Mein dilpreet singh dhahan sariya nu dasna chaunda k ajj parmish verma de goliya bazian apa mariya.(I, Dilpreet Singh Dhahan, want to tell everyone that I am behind the shooting of Parmish Verma),” the post claims. The post has been shared over 1,100 times.

Verma and his friend were shot on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday in Mohali while they were on their way back home after attending a promotional event at Elante Mall in the city. Both of them are out of danger and are undergoing treatment in Fortis Hospital, Mohali.

The post claiming responsibility is the first one posted to the Facebook profile this year. Before this, the last post on the profile was in December, 2017.

Figuring among 17 A-category gangsters of Punjab police, Dilpreet hails from Dhahan village near Nurpur Bedi in Ropar and is named as an accused in 16 cases.

Punjab Police sources say he is into extortion and contract killing. His father, a veterinary inspector, died in January 2017. Police also claim that Dilpreet took to crime to avenge an assault in the village, but now has links with the Vicky Gounder gang.

Dilpreet had escaped while being taken back to jail from a Ropar court in May 2016 and has not been arrested since. Ropar SSP Raj Bachan Singh Sandhu has met Dlipreet’s family at least twice since December to push for his surrender.

Sources in the police, though, are currently refusing to talk about the connection. “We will go by our own investigation,” a senior police official said.

“We have registered a case and have some leads which we are working on,” SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal said.

Involved in sarpanch murder

Satnam Singh, sarpanch of Khurd village in Hoshiarpur district, was shot dead in broad day light by three assailants outside a gurdwara in Sector 38 (West), Chandigarh, on April 9, 2017. Dilpreet Singh Dhahan was the one caught on camera killing Satnam.

Another group claims responsibility

As per the police, another gang, the Sampat Nehra group, has claimed responsibility of the Parmish Verma shooting. Police officials are also suggesting that at this preliminary stage, claims of the Nehra group seem stronger.

Sampat Nehra
Sampat Nehra

On the list of the most wanted criminals of Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab police departments, gangster Nehra is son of an assistant sub-inspector with the Chandigarh police.

A resident of Sector-26 police lines in Chandigarh, he was in the news for allegedly freeing undertrial Deepak Kumar from police custody on June 17, 2017, in Panchkula.

His Facebook status says,’Bure hai ham tabhi to zinda hai ache hote to duniya jeene nhi dete’ (We are bad that’s why we are alive, if we were good, the world would not have let us live). He had tried his luck in student politics and was the campus chairman of the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU).

In January 2016, Patiala police had arrested Nehra, along with four others in a case of stealing from ATMs.

First Published: Apr 14, 2018 13:27 IST