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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 2:13 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 2:13 AM (IST)

Kin, villagers hold up traffic

Want those behind gangster Bhupesh Rana’s killing arrested immediately

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 16

Family members of gangster Bhupesh Rana (27), who was shot dead at Barwala on Monday morning, along with his friends and villagers, blocked the Panchkula-Barwala road for nearly three hours.

The protesters kept the body in a Canter and staged a protest. They were demanding that the Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, should come and issue directions to the police to arrest the attackers as soon as possible.

Rana’s father Ram Pal Rana told ACP (Crime) Adarshdeep Singh that his son recently suspected an attack on him and had given the names of Bhupinder Singh, alias Bhupi Rana, a resident of Handesra in Mohali who heads the Bhupi Rana gang, Gaurav Rana, a resident of Barwala, Sahil Rana of Ambala, Ashok, alias Shonky, and Rinku of Ambala, all members of the Bhupi Rana gang, to the Barwala police post in-charge, but to no avail.

Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta reached the spot to pacify the protesters. Later, on an assurance of senior police officials and district administration officials, the family ended the protest.

Police post in-charge sent to Police Lines

As the victim’s family members alleged that the Barwala police post in-charge, Ram Mehar, did not act on their complaint about a possible attack, the Panchkula police sent the police post in-charge to the Police Lines.

Four bullet shells recovered

The police recovered four bullet shells from the spot. The attackers first fired on Bhupesh Rana’s white Alto car, and when he tried to run for his life, they fired on his leg, chest and head. The police said at least five to seven bullets were pumped into Bhupesh Rana’s body. 

Will nab killers soon: Police  

Panchkula Police Commissioner AS Chawla said they would catch the killers soon. 

Brother lodges FIR

On a complaint of Prateek Kumar, younger brother of Bhupesh Rana, the police lodged an FIR under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC and under the Arms Act against five people, all members of the Bhupi Rana gang, at the Chandimandir police station. 

School staff helped victim’s friend

As the gunshots were fired at Bhupesh Rana, there was panic in a nearby primary school where Bhupesh’s friend took shelter to save his life. The school staff, including teachers and the principal, helped Neeraj, a friend of Bhupesh Rana, by hiding him in a classroom. After the firing incident, when the school staff came out, they found a woman lying unconscious because of witnessing the firing incident. She was later helped by the villagers.

Attackers’ car had Hry number

Bhupesh Rana’s friend Prince, who was with him, told the police that a Swift car (HR 06 AJ 2106) arrived and Bhupi, Gaurav, Sahil, Ashok and Rinku fired at Bhupesh Rana, with their pistols and murdered him. Prince ran towards a nearby primary school and saved his life.

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