A team of Special Cell of Punjab Police based in Amritsar raided a flat in Housefed Housing Society located in Phase 10 near the PCA stadium in the early hours of Sunday morning. The police team came to the city after they got a tip-off about gangster Vicky Goundar, who has been at large for the post one year since the Nabha jailbreak case. The police team also rounded up two persons from the locality.
Around 25 personnel of Amritsar police arrived at the Housefed society around 6.30 am and took positions around flat number 1838 on the third floor of the society. The raid spread panic among the residents who gathered at the spot but the police personnel directed them to remain indoors.
The police team then went to the flat and asked the occupants of the flat to surrender. The entire episode lasted around three hours when finally the police rounded up two persons who were staying in the flat. The officers who were leading the team refused to divulge any details.
The team arrived in eight private vehicles. The police personnel in plain clothes were leading the raid while those in uniform were waiting outside at two gates of the society. One gate opens on the main road of the society which leads towards Phase 11 while the other opens at the internal road of Phase 10.
“We cannot disclose anything. You better speak to our senior officers. We had a tip-off and we are acting on it,” said one of the officers who was leading the team.
A police officer who was present at the spot said on condition of anonymity that the raiding team took two persons along with them.
Sources told Chandigarh Newsline that the Amritsar police had an input that gangster Vicky Goundar was staying with three of his friends in the flat and he arrived at his flat in Mohali late on Friday night.
Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Singh Chahal said that they did not have any details of the people who were rounded up and only Amritsar police could tell anything about it.
However, when contacted, Amritsar Police Commissioner S S Srivastva said that the district police did not carry out any raid in Mohali.
The chairman of the society, R P Chadha, said that the police team raided the flat which is owned by a woman, Davinder Kaur. She is living in Anandpur Sahib along with her family and her husband had retired from the Army. Chadha said that Davinder Kaur did not make any verification of her tenants and they had asked her to come on Monday.
“I called her up after the raid. She told me that she gave the flat to four persons who told her that they were working as hair transplant experts. The flat was given on rent through a property dealer based in Phase VII,” Chadha said.