Have formed new STF to tackle gangsters: Punjab DGP

Punjab Two gangsters killed in encounter with police

Dinkar said Gounder, also known as Harjinder Singh, was a proclaimed offender wanted in 10 cases of murder and gangwar, and was using multiple Facebook accounts.

Additional Inspector General (AIG) Gurmeet Chauhan added that around five special operations were initiated in five districts of Punjab to nab such gangsters since Friday evening. He continued to taunt Punjab Police with regular Facebook updates while on the run.

The gangsters were in a vehicle when they were chased by the police who had received a tip-off earlier about them hiding in a border village. Lakhwinder Singh, another member of the gang, was arrested.

One of the criminal who was part of the jailbreak conspiracy, Parwinder Singh Pinda, had told the police that the jailbreak was carried out to free Vicky Gounder and it was not their plan to free the two terrorists including Khalistani terrorist Harminder Singh Mintoo who was later arrested.

"Congratulations to Punjab Police for killing most wanted gangster Vicky Gounder and his aide Prema Lahoria".

The encounter is said to have lasted for more than an hour and "Lahoria was killed when he was trying to escape by jumping the boundary wall".

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The Rajasthan Police led by the Sri Ganganagar Superintendent of Police reached the spot and registered an FIR in connection with the gangsters' death. Both were killed at Hindu Mal Kot area bordering Punjab. The police recovered three weapons from the gangsters including two point 32-bore pistols.

Sources have informed that the dead bodies of Vicky Gounder and Prema Lahoria have been kept in Civil Hospital of Abohar.

The third accomplice who is yet to identified was rushed to Ganganagar hospital in Rajasthan where he is also reportedly critical.

"Our two cops, Sub Inspector Baljinder Singh and ASI Kirpal Singh, were injured in this operation", DGP Gupta said.

To a query, DGP Arora justified the need for a stringent law like PCOCA to effectively deal with criminals, who needed to be given a strong message that they could not get away with their criminal activities.

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