THE COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE wing of Punjab Police, in a joint operation with Patiala and Moga police, arrested gangster Gurpreet Singh Sekhon, 27, the alleged Nabha jailbreak mastermind, from Dhudike village in Moga district on Sunday.
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In an operation that began around 1 pm Sunday, a heavy police bandobast was made before raiding a house at Dhudike where four gangsters were hiding. The three others arrested were identified as Manvir Sekhon alias Mani, the cousin of Gurpreet Sekhon, Rajwinder Raja alias Sultan of Mangeywala and Kulwinder Singh alias Bhimbri of Sidana.
While police claimed that there was no firing from either side, residents of Dhudike said eight to 10 rounds of firing were heard as police chased the gangsters, who had taken shelter in a house belonging to one Goldy.
Gurmeet Singh Chauhan, AIG, counter-intelligence wing, said, “The raid was conducted following a tip-off. We had reliable inputs of these gangsters moving around in this area.
Also, there were inputs of them staying at a house in Dhudike. We conducted raid in a planned manner and forces blocked entire routes to the village. There was no firing. None of the four suspects is injured.”
He added, “Gurpreet Sekhon was the mastermind of the Nabha jailbreak and he hatched the entire conspiracy from inside the jail. On November 27, his cousin Manvir Sekhon and Rajwinder Raja alias Sultan were among those who launched the attack at the prison to help gangsters escape. They were working on the orders of Gurpreet Sekhon who was inside the jail.”
Chauhan said weapons, including four pistols – two of 0.32 bore, one each of 0.30 bore and 0.12 bore – were recovered. “We have also recovered two vehicles, Verna and I20, from them. They are being thoroughly checked for more weapons,” said Chauhan.
The police had also installed jammers in Dhudike village to block networks before the raid. “This was done to stop any communication from the village,” said a source.
Booked in over 13 FIRs, including murder and attempt to murder, Sekhon is the prime accused in the rival Sukha Kahlwan murder case. Both Gurpreet and his cousin Manvir are from Mudki village of Ferozepur district.
Gurpreet Sekhon was arrested in March 2016 from Chand Baja village of Faridkot district in the Kahlwan murder case before he fled from Nabha jail. A trained flight attendant, Gurpreet, belonging to a rich family owning brick kilns and large chunks of agricultural land, was first booked under the Arms Act in 2007.
Of the six gangsters who fled from Nabha jail, Sekhon is the third to be arrested. A day after the jailbreak, the Delhi Police had nabbed terrorist Harminder Singh Mintoo from Nizamuddin railway station while he was trying to board a train.
On January 17, Madhya Pradesh police arrested gangster Kulpreet Singh Neeta Deol from Indore where he was living as a tenant on fake identity for nearly 50 days after breaking out of jail.
The three yet to be arrested are Vicky Goundar, Amandeep Singh Dhotian and Kashmir Singh.