A DAY after police raided a flat at Housefed Society in Phase 10 in search of gangster Vicky Gounder, the occupants of the flat on Monday said one of the men, picked up by the police, had come to Mohali to buy a car. The police, however, analysed the CCTV footage of cameras installed in the society and found that those picked up were delivering a packet to an old woman in a suspicious manner and that forced the police to step in.
Maninder Singh (22), a resident of Amritsar, who had taken the flat on rent along with friends Shiv and Deepak, said he took the place on rent from Davinder Kaur in August this year. He and his friends work as hair transplant experts in Sector 22, Chandigarh, and his uncle Sukhpal Singh came to his flat on Saturday evening.
When asked whether they were present during the police raid on Sunday morning, Maninder said he, along with Deepak, had gone to Gohana in Haryana to attend Shiv’s marriage scheduled for Sunday. He told Chandigarh Newsline that he learnt about the raid on Sunday evening from a property dealer, who helped him find that flat.
“My uncle Sukhpal Singh (35) called me on Saturday and told me that he was coming to Mohali to buy a second-hand car from the car bazaar. He asked me for the keys to my flat and I told him where I had kept them as I was in Gohana. My uncle came to my flat on Saturday evening,” said Maninder.
He further said that although his uncle told him that he would come alone, he came with another man. “I came to know that my uncle came with a friend. I do not know that man. My uncle is a farmer and I was surprised to know that he had been picked up by the police,” he reiterated.
Davinder Kaur, the owner of the flat, who visited the society after the police raids, said she had rented out her flat to Maninder and his two friends through a property dealer, Jagdeep Singh. “I had also conducted a police verification of my tenants and handed over the documents to the society’s association.”
Sources in the police, however, told Chandigarh Newsline that after analysing the CCTV footage, it was found that Sukhpal Singh, along with another man, met an elderly woman and gave her a packet.
“After taking the packet, the woman left in a car waiting on the other side. It is a matter of investigation as the Special Cell already had leads on gangster Vicky Gounder,” a senior police official told Chandigarh Newsline.