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13 shooters of Pinda Gang land in Punjab Police dragnet

All the 13 members of the gang, arrested after a three-week-long operation, are trained shooters. Six others involved in harboring and providing logistic support to these gangsters have also been arrested, according to the police.

SNS | Chandigarh |

The Jalandhar Rural Police, on Saturday, claimed to have busted an extortion and arms smuggling racket of the Pinda Gang with the arrest of all the 13 its members.

Addressing a press conference, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Swapan Sharma said all the 13 members of the gang, arrested after a three-week-long operation, are trained shooters. Six others involved in harboring and providing logistic support to these gangsters have also been arrested.

A close aide of gangster Vicky Gounder, Palwinder Singh alias Pinda, whose role also emerged in the Nabha Jail break, is said to be the kingpin of the gang and was apparently handling the gang with the help of Paramjit alias Pamma, a native of Shahkot, Jalandhar and currently residing in Greece, the police said.

The 13 arrested shooters have been identified as Sunil Masih alias Jeuna, Ravinder alias Ravi, Pradeep Singh, Manjinder alias Shavi, and Sukhman Singh alias Subha, all of Lohian, Jalandhar,  Sandeep alias Dilli, Major Singh, Aprail Singh alias Shera, Balwinder alias Guddha and Salinder Singh, all of Nakodar, Jalandhar, Satpal alias Satta of Makhu, Ferozepur; Devinderpal Singh alias Deepu and Satwant Singh alias Jagga of Shahkot, Jalandhar.

The police have recovered nine weapons, including seven .32 bore pistols, three .315 bore pistols, one .315 bore gun, and one .12 bore gun, along with two vehicles including a Toyota Innova and Mahindra XUV 500 besides foreign currency amounting to Rs 8 lakh from their possession.

The SSP said that Paramjit alias Pamma used to finance the gang and used to send foreign currency via Hawala to Amarjit alias Amar, who further used to assign the gang members various criminal activities to be carried out. He said the gang has been active for the last six years and has been involved in organised extortion, armed highway robbery, land mafia and weapon smuggling from Madhya Pradesh.

“With the arrest of this group, the police have also been able to crack three blind cases of including murder, extortion, and a highway armed robberies in Jalandhar and Bathinda,” said Sharma, while adding that of a total of 19 arrested persons, at least 12 were wanted by the police in eight criminal cases.