Tribune News Service
Amritsar, October 22
A SAD leader, a resident of Ajnala, was on Wednesday arrested by the police for allegedly storing and selling firecrackers illegally.
He was identified as Jagdeep Kumar, a resident of Gali Patwaria in Ajnala. His arrest sparked a controversy after SAD leaders headed by former MLA Amarpal Singh Bonny Ajnala held a demonstration over his arrest.
Jagdeep was later released on bail though a case under Sections 188 and 336 of the IPC has been registered against him.
According to information, Jagdeep runs a shop in a densely populated area on Chogawan Road where he was selling crackers in an illegal manner endangering the life and property of people.
The police conducted a raid and arrested him, besides recovering a huge quantity of firecrackers from the shop. According to the police, he did not have a valid licence for storing and selling crackers.
Enraged over his arrest, Jagdeep’s supporters led by former SAD MLA Bonny Ajnala staged a protest at the Ajnala chowk. They alleged that the raid was politically motivated while several other shopkeepers in the area were also selling crackers illegally.
1 held with Japanese pistol
The rural police have nabbed Jagdev Singh, alias Mukhtiar Singh, of Fatehgarh Sabhran village in Ferozepur for allegedly smuggling arms and ammunition.
The police have confiscated a foreign made weapon used by army from his possession. During preliminary interrogation, the police have booked Manjit Singh of Jharunangal village who is currently lodged in Faridkot Jail.
Jatinder Singh, Investigating Officer, said that Jagdev was produced in a court and brought on four-day police remand for further interrogation. He said Jagdev was earlier nabbed by the Tarn Taran police for similar offence.
He said Manjit was also a notorious arms smuggler who had a couple of cases of arms smuggling against him.
Jatinder said that he along with a police team was patrolling in the Baba Bakala area when an informer told that the accused was involved in arms smuggling. He was coming to Baba Bakala for supplying arms to his clients.
During search the police found a .32 bore made in Japan pistol along with five live cartridges from his possession. He said that Manjit would be brought on production warrant for further investigations.
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