Kapurthala police bust international extortion gang

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8 arrested , Recover 950 gm heroin, arms and live cartridges

Punjabenews: Kapurthala Police have busted an international gang of extortionists and arrested 8 of its members. This gang has its links in USA and ransom money was also demanded in USA.

SSP Kapurthala Mr. Navneet Singh Bains said that teams under Harvinder Singh SP , Barjinder Singh DSP, Sukhninder Singh DSP Bhulath, Jarnail Singh incharge CIA staff Conduct the investigation.

He said that the main accused Gurikbal Singh alias Var along with his accomplices had kidnapped an elderly man Lakhwinder Singh of village Gazi Gudana under PS Dhilwan on January 3 and demanded a ransom of Rs. 3 crores from his son living in USA but due to police pressure Lakhwinder Singh was released on January 6.

SSP said that during the investigation it was found that Pawanvir Singh S/O Paramjit Singh resident of Gazi Gudana, who is the nephew of Gurikbal Singh, did the reece to kidnap Lakhwinder Singh.

He said that Pawanveer Singh was arrested on January 11 on the inputs of an informer by the police teams.

On the basis of his interrogation and investigation, a total of 8 accused have been arrested in this case. Among them, Guriqbal Singh alias Var S/O Nirmal Singh resident of Ghazi Gadana, Harmanjit Singh S/O Tasvir Singh resident of Bamuwal, Gurmukh Singh alias Gora S/O Avtar Singh resident of Lakhan Ke Pade, besides one juvenile of Ghaji Gudana, Vijay Kumar S/O Ranjit Singh resident of Fattuchak, Amrik Singh S/O Gulzar Singh resident of Khaira Dona, Karamjit Singh S/O Baga Singh resident of Khaira Dona and Germanjit Singh alias Chaudhary S/O Jagdish Singh resident of Nurpur Lubana.

Mr. Bains also said that 7 more accused have been identified in this case who are yet to be arrested. Among them are Vijay Kumar S/O Dalbir Singh alias Toti resident of Bhikhe, Patwari resident of Kartarpur, Gurjit Singh alias Jita S/O Sukhchain Singh resident of Padde Bet, Jassa resident of Kapurthala, Lovejit Singh alias Kang resident near Malsian who lives in USA and Amritbal resident of Model Town Bhulath.

He said that a Tata Safari vehicle number PB 46 L 0097, which was used to abduct Lakhwinder Singh, has also been recovered from the gang.

Apart from this, 2 motorcycles, one revolver 32 bore, 6 live cartridges, 1 country pistol, 4 live cartridges, 1 gun 12 bore, 10 live cartridges, 950 grams of heroin, 3 mobiles and 1 dongle have been seized.

He said that 9 cases have already been registered against the arrested Gurikbal Singh in different police stations and 13 cases have been registered against Vijay Kumar.

He said that during interrogation Gurikbal Singh alias War told that he sent the WhatsApp number of Lakhwinder Singh (victim) to his friend Lovejit Singh alias Kang residing in USA and he along with Amritpal demanded the ransom from victims son in USA.

He said that case related to this entire incident was registered on 3 January 2023 at Dhilwan police station under various sections.

Apart from this, during the interrogation, 950 grams of heroin was recovered from Gurikbal Singh and in this regard, case number 7 was registered on 4th February 2023 at Dhilwan police station.

He also said that accused Gurikbal Singh along with his two accomplices called an NRI family on 26 January 2023 and demanded a ransom of 10 lakh rupees and threatened to kill them. Regarding which case number 3 dated 27 January 2023 has been registered at Begowal police station.

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