In a joint operation, the anti-gangster task force (AGTF) and CIA branch of Barnala police on Wednesday arrested four members of Bambiha gang on Handiaya Chowk (Barnala).
The arrests were made but not before a shootout between the police team and the gangsters. One of the gangsters (Sukhwinder Khan) was injured in the exchange of fire.
The other three arrested have been identified as Yadwinder Singh alias Ludan of Burra Patti in Mullanpur Dakha, Husanpreet Singh alias Gill of Jaid Patti in Longowal and Jagseer Singh alias Billa of Jaid Patti in Longowal.
Punjab DGP Gaurav Yadav tweeted about it. He said, “In a major breakthrough, AGTF in a joint operation with Barnala Police has nabbed key operative of Bambiha gang in an intelligence-based operation.”
He added, “The criminals opened fire on police and in self-defence police party fired back, resulting in the accused sustaining gunshot injuries. Three other criminals arrested with three pistols, 20 live cartridges and a snatched car. They were active in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.”
Talking to the media, the DGP said that a team of AGTF headed by ADGP Promod Ban got reliable inputs that criminals associated with the Bambiha gang are roaming in the jurisdiction of Barnala, following which AIG AGTF Sandeep Goel alerted the Barnala police and immediately despatched police teams from AGTF Bathinda range to put up a special checkpoint at Handiaya Chowk in Barnala. The naka was laid under the supervision of Barnala CIA in-charge Inspector Baljit Singh, while Sub-Inspector Kulwinder Singh along with the AGTF team joined the operation.
“When the police party tried to flag down a Swift car, instead of stopping, the passengers (members of the Bambiha gang) sitting in the car opened fire at the police team, prompting the cops to retaliate,” the DGP said, adding that Sukhwinder Khan suffered bullet injuries during the exchange of fire and he is undergoing treatment at a local hospital.
In a statement, AIG Sandeep Goel said that Sukhwinder Khan, a resident of Longowal, was wanted by the Punjab Police in various criminal cases, including attempt to murder and extortion. An FIR has been registered under Sections 307 and 34 of the IPC and Section 25 of the Arms Act at Barnala city police station.
Further investigations are on, the AIG added.