A gangster facing several criminal cases was on Thursday killed after a police party opened fire in a barbers shop in Amritsars Putlighar area. Arvinderpal Singh alias Lovely Smart was wanted in a dacoity case registered in 2012. Following a tip-off,two policemen in civil clothes laid a trap. When they tried to arrest him at the barber shop,he attacked the policemen with a sharp-edged weapon. After this,an officer opened fire hitting the accused in the chest. He was taken to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival, said Amritsar DCP Kaustubh Sharma said.
The policeman had opened fire in self defence. As the policemen tried to pin him down,the accused took out a dagger and attacked them, he added. Lovely Smart,a resident of Sandhu Colony,was facing a number of criminal cases,including attempt to murder. He was was declared a proclaimed offender by a court on April 24,2012 in an attempt to murder and Arms Act case. Another attempt to murder case was registered against him and others on May 24,2012 after they made a murderous assault on a traffic policeman Sardara Singh, said the DCP.