Po­lice ar­rest man who shel­tered Gounder

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

JAIPUR:THE Sri Gan­gana­gar po­lice on Tues­day ar­rested Lakhwinder Singh, who al­legedly shel­tered gang­ster Vicky Gounder when he was killed in a shootout with the Pun­jab po­lice last week, of­fi­cials said.

Lakhwinder was ar­rested from Hin­du­malkot in the district, for al­legedly shel­ter­ing the crim­i­nal in his house, po­lice said.

Two other ac­com­plices of Gounder–prema La­horiya and Sawinder Singh–were also killed in the shootout on Jan­uary 26 evening in the district’s Pakki vil­lage near the Pun­jab border.

Gounder, whose orig­i­nal name was Harjinder Singh, was wanted in at least 15 cases of mur­der, kid­nap­ping and rob­bery.

He emerged as the Pun­jab po­lice’s prime tar­get af­ter he broke out of the Nabha high-se­cu­rity jail in Novem­ber 2016.

An FIR about the shootout has been lodged with the Hin­du­malkot po­lice sta­tion on the ba­sis of a report sub­mit­ted by Bikram­jeet Singh, an in­spec­tor with the Pun­jab po­lice, po­lice said.

Suren­dra Singh Rathore, Sri Gan­gan­gar ad­di­tional su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case. The FIR has been reg­is­tered for at­tempt to mur­der, as­sault­ing pub­lic ser­vant and sec­tions of the Arms Act, po­lice said. Nakath Dan Barhath, ad­di­tional district mag­is­trate, who is con­duct­ing a mag­is­te­rial en­quiry into the shootout, said po­lice have is­sued sum­mons to the fam­ily mem­bers of the de­ceased and will record their state­ments.

“There are no eye wit­nesses in the case. There was only an old man in a nearby house and he, too, is un­able to co­her­ently tell us any­thing,” he said, adding that state­ments of other peo­ple con­nected with the shootout, will also be recorded.

In a presss note ,Gan­gan­gar SP said five teams of Pun­jab po­lice sur­rounded the house where Vicky Gounder was stay­ing. “Even af­ter be­ing re­peat­edly told to sur­ren­der, Gounder did not give up and kept fir­ing at the po­lice, in­jur­ing two po­lice­men se­ri­ously,” he said.

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