An UK-based NRI was among two of the four main accused arrested by the Jalandhar rural police on Wednesday,in connection with the ASI murder case. ASI Gurdev Singh was killed when he confronted an alleged drug peddler at a hotel on National Highway 1,on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. Police said the four UK-based NRI Tarwinder Singh alias Tally,originally from Tut Kalan village near Nakodar,Pushpinder Singh Noni of Ramamandi,Parminder Singh alias Bhinda and Rajinder Singh alias Minku were present at the spot when the ASI was killed.
While Tarwinder and Pushpinder Noni were arrested on Wednesday,Bhinda and Minku are still at large. Tarwinder was arrested from Jahangir village while Noni was picked up from Ramamandi area. Police said both men have criminal back grounds as Tally had been booked in an attempt to murder case and allegedly has links with drug smugglers in the UK. Noni,according to police,was out on parole in a murder case. Police claim to have recovered five weapons mostly revolvers and a kilogramme of heroin from them.
Addressing a press conference late Wednesday,SSP Yurinder Singh said that the four fled towards Talhan,Buhani and Adampur before they dropped Noni at Ramamandi. Noni also spent some time at a Gurdwara in Batala,before returning to Kartarpur and eventually to his native place,police sources said. He sustained injuries when police caught him and has now been admitted to a hospital in Ramamandi.
Police have also arrested 13 others in the case eight friends and family members for allegedly sheltering the main accused and five members of the Sapp Gang (snake gang),who allegedly have links with the four. SSP Rural Yurinder Singh said the eight were caught from areas close to Jalandhar and added that police used footage of the CCTV camera in the hotel to crack the case.
Ludhiana cops launch Hunt for Minku
Meanwhile,the Ludhiana police on Wednesday launched operations to locate one of the main accused,Rajinder Singh alias Minku. He had been declared a proclaimed offender (PO) by the Focal Point police after he was booked for drug trafficking and under the Arms Act. He faces similar charges in Panchkula. Ludhiana police on Wednesday filed a fresh case against Minku under the NDPS and Arms Acts and began search operations. Minku,a resident of Bahini Khurd village in Fatehgarh Sahib,is a drug smuggler,SHO Gurtej Singh said.