Gurdaspur:Gurdaspur on Thursday was left in panic when a four-member gang, led by notorious gangster and Nabha jailbreak mastermind Vicky Gounder, created terror in the city by killing two persons and seriously injuring two others in a broad daylight gangwar.
IG (Border) Naunihal Singh rushed from Amritsar and along with senior officers assessed the crime scene. SHOs of all the 12 police stations of Gurdaspur police district were also put on alert.
A senior officer stated that the fact that Vicky Gounder surfaced in Gurdaspur had taken them by surprise. He added that the way the shootout took place, it required meticulous planning and had left the state intelligence in a tizzy.IG Naunihal Singh as well as SSP Bhupinderjeet Singh Virk confirmed Gonder’s involvement.
“Gounder, who has cases registered against him all over the country, planned and executed the killings today along with three of his accomplices, all of whom are known criminals. The last time Gounder was seen by the Punjab Police after the jailbreak was a place somewhere near Mansa in the last week of December. Ever since then the cops have been hot on his trail. However, no one was expecting him to surface in Gurdaspur and carry out an attack on his rivals,” said an officer, requesting anonymity.
Sources stated that at around 12:45 pm, a car, carrying Gounder and his crew, pulled up in front of an SUV at the Kahnuwan road bypass. Eyewitnesses claimed that two of the persons travelling in the SUV were shot dead at point blank range.
A case has been registered under various sections of the IPC, including Section 302 (murder), at the Tibber police station.
It has been learnt that Gounder was accompanied by Sukha Bikhariwal, Happy Chatta and Gian Kharlanwala, all hardened criminals.
The deceased have been identified as Sukhchain Singh of the Sangalpura area of Gurdaspur and Harpreet Singh alias Subedar Bhatti of Mustafabad village.
While both Sukhchain and Harpreet died on the spot, the two seriously injured, identified as Happy and Prince, were shifted to an Amritsar hospital. The fifth person, Daman Mahajan alias Daman Nabipuria, sustained minor injuries and he was the one who first told the police of the involvement of Vicky Gounder.