Punjab Police secure gangster Budda’s deportation; set to arrest him on arrival

CHANDIGARH: In a major breakthrough, Punjab Police was on Friday night all set to arrest wanted gangster Sukhpreet Singh Dhaliwal, alias Budda, from Delhi airport, after successfully securing his deportation from Armenia.

Punjab Police secure gangster Budda’s deportation; set to arrest him on arrival

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Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 22

In a major breakthrough, Punjab Police was on Friday night all set to arrest wanted gangster Sukhpreet Singh Dhaliwal, alias Budda, from Delhi airport, after successfully securing his deportation from Armenia.

Budda was scheduled to land around midnight at Delhi airport and would be taken into custody by a waiting Punjab Police team, said DGP Dinkar Gupta.

The self-styled chief of the Davinder Bambiha gang, Budda was facing the law in more than 15 criminal cases of murder, attempt to murder, extortion, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) etc.

He had also recently come to notice for his contacts with pro-Khalistan elements.

Budda was convicted in a murder case in 2011, but had jumped parole in 2016 and was declared a proclaimed offender.

Responsible for various criminal, extortion and unlawful activities in Punjab, cases against Budda are also registered in various police stations of Haryana.

Budda had fled the country after the Punjab Government launched a crackdown against gangsters.

Punjab Police continued to zealously pursue him but narrowly missed nabbing him in UAE. Eventually, he was tracked down in Armenia, following which the Punjab Police got a Look Out Circular (LOC) and Red Corner Notice (RCN) issued from Interpol, according to Gupta.

A precisely executed operation led to the apprehension of Budda by the Armenian Police on August 8.

Soon thereafter, a few pro-Khalistan activists in Europe had posted an update on Facebook about Budda’s arrest calling him ‘a strong voice for Khalistan in Punjab’.

In fact, Budda had earlier claimed responsibility on his Facebook account for the elimination of Maninder Pal Bittu, an activist of Dera Sacha Sauda who was murdered inside Nabha jail.

Giving details of Budda’s antecedents, the DGP said the gangster was actively involved in extortion business in Punjab, and had gained notoriety as one of the most feared and dreaded criminals of the state after the death of Vicky Gounder.

He was the main kingpin of the attack on Punjabi singer/actor Parmish Verma in April 2018.

He was also allegedly behind the threats to other famous Punjabi singers/actors, including Gippy Grewal, and businessmen on WhatsApp calls for extorting money from them.

A well known Punjabi singer, Karan Aujla, was also attacked in Canada on his directions. 

The case in which he was arrested and jumped parole related to the murder of one Jugraj Singh Rajja.

PO proceedings were also going on against Budda in a car snatching case of Tajpur Chownk Raikot.

He was also named accused in a case of extortion and murder of rice mill owner Ravinder Kochhar in PS Jaito, Fardikot, said the DGP, giving details of some of the cases against Budda.

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