Ludhiana police on Monday claimed they have foiled a kidnapping attempt on Punjabi singer Darshan Lakhewala, with the arrest of two gangsters, allegedly belonging to Sukhpreet Singh alias Buddha Khosa’s gang. Police said that the motive of the gang was to demand a ransom of at least Rs 50 lakh.
The two accused, who were arrested on Sunday, have been identified as Gurpreet Singh alias Sonu (30) of village Chakkar of Ludhiana and Rajdeep Singh alias Rajdeep (22) of Ayali Kalan of Ludhiana. They allegedly opened fire at a police party when they were stopped for checking at village Lalton, police said.
Police recovered a pistol, two magazines, 16 bullets and a motorbike from the accused. Police also said that two accused had already done a recce of a dargah in Ludhiana where Lakhewala used to come to pray often.
Inspector Sukhdev Singh Brar, SHO Sadar police station, said that the accused were provided with a weapon by Sukhpreet.
“On the instructions of their gang leader Sukhpreet Singh Buddha, the plan was to first hijack an SUV from any commuter in Ludhiana at gunpoint and then use that vehicle to kidnap the singer. They were provided weapon and other logistics by Sukhpreet Singh Buddha who was the mastermind of entire plan to get ransom,” said SHO Brar.
The accused were on a motorbike when they were stopped for checking at Lalton on Sunday night. They then allegedly opened fire at the police party but missed no personnel were hurt. Police said they later abandoned their vehicle at village Jodhan and ran into the fields, but were eventually arrested.
Police said the accused are already wanted in several cases including murder, drug peddling, liquor smuggling among others registered at different police stations in Ludhiana, Moga and Hoshiarpur districts.
A fresh FIR against accused has been registered at Sadar police station of Ludhiana under the sections 307 (attempt to murder), 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention)