Hi­machal youth who threat­ened to avenge Gounder’s death held

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB HINDUSTANTIMES - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

SHIMLA: The Hi­machal Pradesh po­lice ar­rested a local drug ped­dler on Tues­day for flaunt­ing his pic­ture with a gun on his Face­book ac­count and threat­en­ing the cops to avenge gang­ster Vicky Gounder’s death, who was killed dur­ing an en­counter with the Pun­jab Po­lice on Jan­uary 26.

“The po­lice ar­rested Anuj Sharma alias Vicky, 24, and booked him in a case of in­tim­i­da­tion,” Sir­maur su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SP) Ro­hit Maal­pani said.

The ac­cused had claimed to be a sharp­shooter and posted a pic­ture on Face­book along with an as­sault ri­fle. He also threat­ened to kill the po­lice­men who killed Vicky Gounder in the post.

The SP said that Sharma is al­ready fac­ing charges in sev­eral cases under the (Nar­cotic Drugs and Psy­chotropic Sub­stances) NDPS Act.

Af­ter an alert from the Pun­jab Po­lice’s in­tel­li­gence unit, the Hi­machal po­lice swung into ac­tion and traced his lo­ca­tion and ar­rested him. Sharma was re­cently ar­rested by the po­lice in a drug ped­dling case and was lodged in Na­han jail.

Sharma also posted pic­tures on his so­cial me­dia ac­counts from prison. “We are try­ing to fig­ure out how and when the pic­tures were clicked,” said the SP.

Sharma’s Face­book pro­file has pic­tures of him pos­ing with an INSAS ri­fle in his hand. So far, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the con­sta­ble who was posted on VVIP duty at Na­han’s cir­cuit house had al­lowed him to pose with the ri­fle.

The po­lice said fur­ther in­quiry has been marked against the con­sta­ble, be­sides launch­ing a probe to as­cer­tain the se­cu­rity ar­range­ments in prison where Sharma was lodged. The po­lice are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether Anuj had links with slain gang­ster Gounder.

Anuj Sharma alias Vicky

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