Gangster Mintoo Saraj on seven days police remand

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Amritsar: A local court on Wednesday sent gangster Mintoo Saraj who is prime suspect in the murder of a right-wing Hindu outfit in Amritsar, to seven days of police remand.

As per media reports he was produced into the court of judicial magistrate (1st class) Arun Soori at the district and sessions court by the organised crime control unit (OCCU) of Punjab Police.

Saraj allegedly shot Vipan Sharma, leader of Hindu Sangharsh Sena, October 2017.

Police had said that it was on a tip-off that a joint team of the OCCU and the Jalandhar (rural) police under AIG Khakh nabbed Saraj near a railway crossing on the Jalandhar-Amritsar road (NH-1) on Tuesday morning. He was going to Amritsar from Delhi, said the AIG at a press meet; two pistols and cartridges were seized from his possession. “We expect more revelations after interrogation,” said assistant inspector general (AIG), OCCU, Jalandhar, Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh.

Wanted in 15 cases of heinous crimes, Saraj has “confessed” to the cops that he killed Sharma to avenge the killing of his friend Shubham’s father, a head constable, for which he held Sharma responsible

At the time of Sharma’s murder, Saraj had grown long hair and beard to conceal his identity, the security camera video footage of which fuelled the speculation of Sikh separatism as the reason behind the murder. But he later got the hair and beard cut. He also used to shift base to neighbouring states after crimes, police said.

 

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