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One more down: Wanted Punjab gangster Tirath Singh in police net

Police said Tirath is a close aide of slain gangsters Vicky Gounder and Prema Loharia.

punjab Updated: Mar 04, 2018 08:58 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
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Gangster Tirath Singh in Jalandhar police custody on Saturday.(Pardeep Pandit/HT)

Continuing its crackdown on Punjab gangsters, the state police on Saturday arrested dreaded contract killer Tirath Singh, 28, at a checkpoint on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana highway.

Among the state’s top five gangsters, Tirath worked closely with Jaipal, Vicky Gounder and Prem Lahoria. While Gounder and Lahoria were killed in an encounter in January on the Punjab-Rajasthan border, Jaipal is on the run.

“A resident of Dhilwan in Faridkot, Tirath, was arrested at I am by a team of Khanna police, led by DSP Ranjit Singh and CIA inspector Baljinder Singh, who had laid a special naka on a tip off near the Bodli T-point,” inspector general of police Arpit Shukla told reporters here. Tirath was held from an Indica car with a .30 bore revolver and 6 live cartridges.

“An A category hardcore gangster, Tirath carried a reward of Rs two lakh on his head and was involved in various contract killings, extortion rackets, drug trade and highway robberies,” added Shukla.

He said Tirath along with Gounder, Rummy Masana, Lahoria, Neeta Deol and Gurpreet Singh Sekhon had killed gangster Sukha Kahlwan in Phagwara when police were taking him back to Nabha jail after a hearing in Jalandhar court. Later, Tirath killed gangster Rocky Fazilka with Jaipal in Himachal Pradesh.

He is wanted in multiple heinous crime cases at police stations in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. He was declared a proclaimed offender on February 26, 2013.

Two weeks ago, Faridkot senior superintendent of police Nanak Singh had met Tirath’s family and urged them to make him surrender.

Punjab Police have decided to honour cops, who have nabbed Tirath. IG said a constable who was part of the team has been promoted as ASI. “An ASI has been elevated to the rank of a sub-inspector. While DSP Ranjit and inspector Baljinder would be rewarded with DGP disc.

Strap: Close Gounder aide: Held at special checkpoint on Chandigarh-Ludhiana highway; revolver, cartridges seized

Among top five gangsters, he took to crime at young age

A close associate of slain gangster Vicky Gounder, Tirath is wanted in multiple heinous crime cases in three states — Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. He specialises in contract killing and extortion.

A class 12 pass-out, Tirath took to crime at a young age and murdered his brother-in-law Manjit Singh in 2010.

In Jan 2015, Gounder, Prema Lahoria and Tirath Singh killed their rival Sukha Kahlwan near Phagwara when six policemen were taking him back to the Nabha jail in a jeep after a court hearing in Jalandhar. Gounder even filmed the act and danced around Kahlwan’s body in front of the policemen and later fled.

In May 2016, Tirath and another dreaded gangster Jaipal gunned down gangster-turned-politician Jaswinder Singh Rocky of Fazilka at Parwanoo in Himachal.

In Dec 2013, Tirath, Gounder, Gurpreet Sekhon and Jodha attacked gangster Lakha Sidhana. Sidhana’s associate Jassa was killed in the attack.

First Published: Mar 03, 2018 17:27 IST