Viagra in bags, guns and heroin: Who were these women in Punjab gangster Dilpreet’s life?
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Viagra in bags, guns and heroin: Who were these women in Punjab gangster Dilpreet’s life?

It’s likely that the 26-year-old gangster was two-timing the sisters.

punjab Updated: Jul 11, 2018 17:52 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Mohali
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The two women being taken to a court in Mohali.(HT Photo)

The Punjab Police is probing whether two sisters Harpreet Kaur, 42, and Rupinder Kaur alias Ruby, 38, who were arrested Monday night for links with gangster Dilpreet Singh Dhahan and were in a live-in relationship with him, were involved in drug trade or were being used by the gangster for shelter.

The two were produced in a court on Tuesday by the state special operation cell (SSOC) and remanded to five days in police custody.

Police claimed the two women were aware that Dilpreet was a wanted gangster. They have been booked for harbouring him. Both the women had Dilpreet’s belongings including drugs and weapons at the homes.

Dilpreet was arrested after a brief encounter with the teams of Punjab and Chandigarh police on Monday.

Police officers familiar with the manhunt for the 26-year-old gangster of Dhahan village near Nurpur Bedi in Ropar, said Dilpreet was probably two-timing the sisters. Dilpreet has been named as an accused in 30 cases of murder, extortion, dacoity and robbery.

Harpreet from Nawanshahr, and Ruby who was living in a rented house in Sector 38, Chandigarh, originally hail from Hoshiarpur. Their father worked in the auditor general’s office in Punjab. As they lived in different cities, Harpreet and Ruby also seemed to be unaware of the fact that the man whose name figured among 17 A-category gangsters of Punjab police was involved with both of them.

Police seized two bags reportedly belonging to Dilpreet during a raid at Ruby’s house on Monday. “The bags were found to contain his clothes and bottles of Viagra and the Ayurvedic medicine shilajeet (said to be an aphrodisiac),” said Assistant Inspector General of Police (intelligence) Varinder Pal Singh.

Also on Monday, police also seized one kg heroin, a .12-bore pump action gun, .30-bore pistol, along with 40 live cartridges and a digital weighing machine from Harpreet’s home in Nawanshahr, he added.

Following the seizures, police registered a case under the NDPS Act, Arms Act, along with Sections 212 and 216 of the Indian Penal Code at the SSOC police station in Phase 1, Mohali against Harpreet and Rupinder.

Dilpreet, son of a veterinary inspector, who died in 2017, is known for extortion and contract killing. He had studied in DAV School in the village till Class 10 and then joined a polytechnic, leaving the course midway. Police said he took to a life of crime after he was reportedly assaulted in his village in his late teens.

Harpreet, mother of two school-going children, has studied up to Class 12 and runs a boutique. Her husband died in 2009 after a cardiac arrest. Dilpreet used to visit her regularly, it is learnt.

Officials who did not want to be named as they were not authorised to speak to the media said Dilpreet had also been living with Ruby in Sector 38, Chandigarh for the last four months. Separated from her husband, she also has two school-going children. Ruby is a graduate and ran a computer business.

Their brother is a teacher in Mullanpur.

Dilpreet had met Harpreet about three years ago through a common friend and exchanged phone numbers before their relationship deepened.

It is not clear how he met the younger sister who was working in Ludhiana before she moved to Chandigarh.

“It was only recently that Harpreet had come to know about Dilpreet’s relationship with her younger sister. Initially Harpreet’s children had objected to her ties with the gangster,” said a senior Punjab police official investigating the case. Harpreet’s children are teenagers.

Ruby’s children who are younger, are now being taken care of by her relatives, the police said.

First Published: Jul 11, 2018 09:55 IST