Jalandhar: As per media reports the Khanna Police have arrested an A- category gangster Tirath Singh, a close aide of slain gangster Vicky Gounder as well as his associate Prema Lahoria.
While both Gounder and Lahoria had been killed in an encounter near the Punjab-Rajasthan border on January 26 this year, following their deaths, a slew of arrests of their aides are being made by the police.
The police said the accused revealed during investigation that he was involved in the killing of gangster Sukha Kahlwan and in the attack on Lakha Sidhana – whom he attacked with the help of Vicky Gounder, Gurpreet Singh Sekhon, Jodha and Seera Sidhana – in November 2013.
He also facilitated the escape of gangster Paminder Pinda from the Nabha hospital, was involved in extortion cases and in robbery of cars from Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.
IG, Jalandhar Zone, Arpit Shukla said, “Tirath Singh is an A-category hardcore gangster, who has been a proclaimed offender for the past six years and has been on the run from the police. He was arrested by the Khanna police on the intervening night of March 2 and 3 at a naka near the T-point, Bodli, on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana highway.”
The IG said Tirath Singh was the third dreaded gangster in the hierarchy after Vicky Gounder and Lahoria and was carrying a reward of Rs 2 lakh.
An FIR under Section 25 of the Arms Act has been lodged against him at the Samrala police station. A .30 bore revolver along with six used cartridges were recovered from Tirath Singh. The police said it was on the lookout of six to seven A-category gangsters, to arrest whom a special operation was being undertaken.