SAS Nagar: As part of the ongoing drive against anti-social elements launched on the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Police’s State Special Operation Cell, SAS Nagar on Friday has busted a notorious criminal gang involved in gang rivalry with the arrest of its one member after recovering one .30 bore pistol aling with five live cartridges from his possession.

  The arrested accused has been identified as Rahul alias Akash of village Naurang Ke leli in Ferozepur. The Police have also booked his close associate identified as Sukh alias Subash of village Babra Azam Shah in Ferozepur. Both the accused persons are history-sheeters and have been facing criminal cases of heinous crimes including double murder, attempt to murder and Arms act.

    Divulging details, AIG SSOC SAS Nagar Ashwani Kapur said that they have got reliable inputs that accused Rahul and Sukh— who were out on bail, were hatching a conspiracy to target members of opposite gangs. They were also arranging more illegal weapons from their unknown associates, he added.

    Acting swiftly team of SSOC Mohali apprehended accused Rahul alias Akash after recovering a pistol from his possession, while, Sukh managed to flee from the spot, said AIG Kapur, while adding that Police teams are on manhunt to nab the absconding accused.

  He said that further efforts are being made to ascertain backward and forward linkages of the accused persons and to identify their source of illegal arms and ammunition. Investigation into the matter is on, he added.

  Meanwhile, a case FIR no 08 dated 25/05/2023 has been registered under section 25 of the Arms Act at Police Station State Special Operation Cell, SAS Nagar.