Tribune News Service
Amritsar, October 23
The police have cracked the case in which notorious gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria’s associate allegedly demanded extortion from a doctor owning a hospital in the city.
The police have arrested his accomplice Inderpreet Singh, alias Captain, of Fateh Singh Colony here. He was nabbed when he came to take the extortion amount from the doctor. The police said he was identified with the help of CCTV cameras installed near the doctor’s residence.
During probe, the accused confessed that he was an associate of Bhagwanpuria and had come to take the money on his (Bhagwanpuria’s) directions. The police have recovered the mobile phone used in the crime and the scooter in which he was travelling.
Interestingly, Bhagwanpuria is currently lodged in Tihar Jail in New Delhi and investigations revealed that he was running his network from the jail complex using a phone.
Jugraj Singh, ADCP (Investigations), said: “We are also sharing the information with the authorities at Tihar Jail. Bhagwanpuria has also been nominated in the case and efforts will be made to bring him on production warrant for further interrogation.”
Inderpreet was produced in court and brought on police remand for further probe. Two NDPS cases were registered against him in 2018. He had come out on bail in 2019. The ADCP said as per the preliminary probe, there were some more members of the gang, who were involved in the crime and efforts were on to nab them. He appealed to people to inform the police if they get any extortion calls from miscreants, assuring them that the police will take appropriate measures to nail the perpetrators.
The big question
- Even though the police have nominated Bhagwanpuria in the case, the big question is whether the police would be able to bring him on production warrant from Tihar Jail and arrest him in the case or not.
- Ironically, Bhagwanpuria was allegedly involved in the killing of his rival and other notorious gangster Rana Kandowalia at a private hospital, where he had gone to meet someone on August 3. The Counter Intelligence wing had recently arrested his accomplice Jagroshan Hundal, while several others were nabbed earlier.
- But the police failed to bring him on production warrant after Bhagwanpuria managed to secure a stay from the Punjab and Haryana High Court and therefore could not be interrogated. It would be a challenge for the police this time as well. “Had the police got his production warrant earlier, he would not have dared made extortion calls,” a police official wishing not to be named pointed out.
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