A bank robber,who escaped from police custody five times,and a terrorist involved in bomb blasts in Delhi 18 years ago,were arrested on Tuesday.
The accused,Baljinder Singh (the alleged robber) and Kulvinderjeet Singh were apprehended from Swaroop Nagar. We spotted them on the Singhu border,chased and cornered them. Baljinder stepped out of the car and started running. We chased him and he opened fire at us,but he was apprehended. Kulvinderjeet was overpowered while he was trying to leave the car, DCP (Special Cell) Sanjeev Yadav said.
The car was stolen from Bihar,he said. Two sophisticated pistols were recovered from the duo.
Kulvinderjeet was reportedly carrying a fake identity card,impersonating as Punjab Police inspector Paramjit Singh,while Baljinders identity card said he was head constable Baldev Singh.
Baljinder was previously arrested four times by Delhi Police and once by Gorakhpur police. He was involved in a series of bank robberies in Delhi and NCR. He had escaped from custody while he was being escorted to Punjab for his hearing but was arrested in Gorakhpur in October last year. He then escaped from the custody of Gorakhpur police on March 6. Meanwhile,Baljinder was appointed as SPO in Punjab Police in 1992. He worked under head constable Joginder Singh,who was later dismissed due to absenteeism, Yadav said.
With Joginder,Baljinder committed several armed robberies,police said.
Baljinders first escape came in January 2004 when he was being taken for court production in Karnal. He and the police team stayed in a guest house in Patiala where he managed a personal meeting with his wife in a separate room of the guest house and from where he escaped. Second time,he escaped from Ganganagar Jail in Rajasthan after observing that the walls of the jail were topped with the electric wires and in the morning hours,power used to be snapped.
He made use of this shortcoming and made an attempt to escape along with three others. While he managed to escape,his associate Joginder was killed in the police firing, Yadav said.
Kulwinderjeet was allegedly a member a terrorist organisation from Kashmir. He had allegedly attempted to throw bombs near Red Fort in 1995,but was unsuccessful. Kulwinderjeet also allegedly planted a bomb in Connaught Place in 1995.