Fear­ing for his life, gang­ster sur­ren­ders

Un­der­ground for 11 years, Ravi Deol sur­ren­ders in San­grur court as he feared po­lice might kill him

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB HINDUSTANTIMES - Av­tar singh


SAN­GRUR: Four days af­ter the death of most-wanted gang­ster Vicky Gounder in an en­counter, Ravicha­ran Singh alias Ravi Deol, a gang­ster named in the Bhola drug case, sur­ren­dered be­fore a local court on Tues­day.

Deol, who sur­ren­dered be­fore ju­di­cial mag­is­trate first class (JMIC) Jag­bir Singh Me­handi­ratta af­ter 11 years of un­der­ground life, said he was fear­ing ‘fake po­lice en­counter’. He came to the court with his coun­sel Ash­wani Choud­hary around 12.30 pm.

The court re­manded him in four-day po­lice re­mand till Fe­bru­ary 3 in an at­tempt to mur­der case.

Deol, a boxer-turned-singer who turned to crime, was de­clared pro­claimed of­fender (PO) in 2007 and ever since he was liv­ing in Mum­bai, where he wrote songs and recorded them in his own voice.

“I was wor­ried that po­lice could kill me in a fake en­counter and im­pli­cate me in false cases, which was the main rea­son be­hind my sur­ren­der,” he said.

Deol, who is a close rel­a­tive of in­ter­na­tional boxer Ram Singh, was named in the Bhola drug case by the Fate­hgarh Sahib po­lice in 2013. Ram Singh was also an ac­cused in the case. The po­lice had al­legedly re­cov­ered a huge quan­tity of drugs from Deol’s house in San­grur in April 2013.

San­grur SSP Man­deep Singh Sidhu said, “Deol is fac­ing 12 cases, in­clud­ing 8 in San­grur. He was de­clared PO in 5 cases in San­grur. He was booked under the NDPS Act in Fate­hgarh Sahib. We will in­ves­ti­gate what he was do­ing in the past 11 years dur­ing his un­der­ground life.”

His coun­sel Choud­hary said Deol wanted to live a nor­mal life and wished to join main­stream life. “Af­ter his dec­la­ra­tion as PO, Deol shifted to Mum­bai and never re­turned to Pun­jab. He recorded his songs. He sur­ren­dered in the court fear­ing a fake en­counter,” said Choud­hary.

Be­fore his sur­ren­der, Deol left a mes­sage on the so­cial me­dia. “I am go­ing to take an im­por­tant step of my life. I am go­ing to sur­ren­der in a court. I thank my well-wish­ers and will re­turn soon with new songs,” he said in a video posted on What­sapp.

Ravi Deol

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