Vicky Gounder has not fled abroad, fears being killed in encounter: Punjab police
Among six criminals who were freed by their armed associates from the jail, Gounder is the only one who was not been rearrested.punjab Updated: Aug 12, 2017 11:30 IST
On top of the list of wanted gagsters in Punjab, Harjinder Singh alias Vicky Gounder, who recently declared on Facebook that he is in Bangkok, “is very much in the country”, top functionaries of the state police claim, on the basis of “credible” information.
“He has been changing hideouts. He has completely shut down his criminal activities for now, but is around Punjab. Our teams are constantly keeping a tab on his and his associates’ activities,” said a top police officer, who did not wish to be named as he is not authorised to speak on the matter.
Gounder has remained elusive ever since he fled from the Nabha jail late last year. Among six criminals who were freed by their armed associates from the jail, Gounder is the only one who was not been rearrested. Thereafter, he has allegedly murdered three men in Gurdaspur in April this year as they belonged to rival gangs.
While terming Gounder's recent Facebook “check-in” at a club in Bangkok, Thailand, as “fake” and “an attempt to divert attention of the police”, the officer added, “He has not entered Punjab in last one month but is moving in neighbouring states, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Delhi.” The reason, the top cop said, is that he is sacred the cops will not arrest him but rather kill him.
The FB check-in came on June 14. Technically, such a check-in does not actually mean one ahs to be at that place. Since that post was put up, he has not posted anything on his purported Bangkok trip. A video he shared on Facebook on July 14 had his men thrashing another gangster, Goru Bacha, in a Kapurthala jail.
Gounder, who comes from Muktsar, belongs to a gang originally formed by another history-sheeter, Jaipal Singh of Ferozepur. Gounder is wanted in at least 15 cases of murder, kidnapping and robbery.
First Published: Aug 12, 2017 11:29 IST