January 29, 2019 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Ropar, Punjab: The Ropar Police today said that it has arrested three persons belonging Pehalwan group, allegedly involved in five cases of highway dacoity. Four of their accomplices are still at large, the police said.
A press release issued by DPR, Punjab states that the Pehalwan group was also involved in an armed power struggle with the Gandhi group of Khanna over student politics in Fathegarh Sahib, Khanna and Patiala colleges.
The police said that the arrested persons, including an India level weightlifter and an ex-president of a college students’ union, were arrested following a tip-off on Monday (Jan. 28) evening, after a hot chase of 10 km at Katli T point by a CIA 1 team led by Inspector Dipinder of Ropar Police.
Those arrested are weightlifter Neelamal @ Billa of Rasulda, Khanna; Vishal of Khanna, who is an ex-president of RIMT college, Mandi Gobindgarh; and Gurjot of Rajpura, who was out on bail in two cases of robbery registered against him in Patiala.
Their accomplices, who are evading arrest, also belong to Khanna and Patiala, according to initial investigations, the police said.
Police claims to have recovered four pistols (32 bore) and 22 live bullets from the arrested arrested persons. The official press release says that the arrested persons “had reportedly procured the weapons from a contact in Meerut, U.P”.
Those apprehended belong to Pehalwan group of Sirhind. They were involved in five cases of dacoity in Ropar, Khanna and Fatehgarh Sahib, said SSP, Ropar, Swapan Sharma.
The press release states that the police is now on the look-out of the remaining members of this group.
Police says that their sources suggest that some have fled to Maharashtra and Gujrat. One of the group member is believed to have fled abroad, it adds.