Gounder aftermath: two more gangsters arrested in Punjab

first_imgTwo days after gunning down most-wanted gangster Vicky Gounder, the Punjab police on Sunday claimed to have nabbed two more gangsters, who were providing financial support and shelter to Gounder. “Love and Amritpal Singh have been arrested from near a gurdwara at Jhabal in Tarn Taran district,” Senior Superintendent of Police Darshan Singh Mann said over phone. Love is the brother of dreaded criminal Gurpreet Singh, alias Gopi Kaura, who was associated with Vicky Gounder’s gang, the SSP said, adding that Amritpal was a proclaimed offender. “Both of them were providing financial support and hideout to Gounder,” Mr. Mann said.Encounter in Rajasthan Notably, the Punjab police gunned down two gangsters — Vicky Gounder and his associate Prema Lahoria — in an encounter in Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan on Friday.Another person, who sustained bullet injuries, died later. The operation was conducted by the Punjab police’s special wing — Organised Crime Control Unit.A headache Gounder was had become a headache for the police after he and five other prisoners escaped from the high-security Nabha Jail in November 2016. Since then, Gounder was successful in dodging the police on several occasions. The Punjab police had said on Sunday that it would shift its focus to other dreaded criminals and gangsters in the state, including Harry Chattha, Gopi Ghanshyampuria, Gopi Kaura and Jaipal, who were accused in several cases of murder and extortion. Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora had said as many as 17 A-category (dreaded criminals) and 21 B-category gangsters were believed to be active in Punjab as of January 2017.last_img