Kapurthala: Thursday turned out to be a day of major success for Kapurthala police as they arrested as many as 21 gangsters after an encounter that lasted for around two hours in Sultanpur Lodhi. Police force from two districts of Kapurthala and Tarn Taran and SHOs of seven police stations participated in the successful encounter. DSP Sultanpur Lodhi Pyara Singh headed the operation.
According to police sources, information was passed from Tarn Taran SP (D) Jagmohan Singh to DSP Pyara Singh that gangsters in five cars were travelling towards Kapurthala from Tarn Taran. DSP Pyara Singh at once sprung into action and took position along with SHOs from Sultanpur, Fattu Dhinga, Kabirpur and Talwandi Chaudrian at Sultanpur-Seenchewal Road on Thursday afternoon. The police teams saw a convoy of five cars approaching them in the afternoon.
DSP Sultanpur Pyara Singh told media persons that the gangsters started firing at police teams when they were asked to stop. Police parties retaliated fire and the gang members left their vehicles and took shelter in a nearby residential area of Guru Nanak Colony and they were surrounded by the police. Meanwhile, police parties from three police stations of Tarn Taran, who were already following the gang, also reached there and a gun battle took place between the two sides. The firing is learnt to have lasted for over two hours.
In the meantime, the gangsters realised that they had no escape route left surrendered to the police. As many as nine firearms, including two pistols, three revolvers, three double barrel guns, one .315 bore rifle and a huge number of live rounds were recovered from them.
Those arrested were identified as Gurprit Singh, Jagdip Singh, Sukhjinder Singh, Jasvinderpal Singh, Amritpal Singh, Satnam Singh, Gursewak Singh, Gurlal Singh, Tanvir Singh, Yadvinder Singh, Nishan Singh, Amarjit Singh, Gurprit Singh, Amritpal Singh, Pargat Singh, Amandip Singh, Harvinder Singh, Yadvinder Singh, Angrej Singh and Surjit Singh, all from Tarn Taran and Arvinder Singh from Jalandhar.
Police is learnt to be investigating the reason behind so many gangsters travelling with firearms, but they suspect the movement to be linked with the firing incident which took place in Purani Anaaj Mandi of Sultanpur Lodhi on Saturday afternoon.
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