recent clashes between gang members

Police: Persons giving shelter to gangsters identified, to face FIR

Tribune News Service

Nikhil Bhardwaj

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8

After a series of clashes between gangs in Ludhiana in the recent past, in Hargobind Nagar and other areas, the Ludhiana police have increased vigil in the sensitive areas. A large number of police personnel have been deployed in such areas for day and night to prevent any further clash.

So far, the police have arrested nine gangsters in these incidents, who are members of the Shubham Mota Gang and its rival Puneet Bains Gang. Clashes between the two gangs had occurred in the city as both gangsters Shubham and Puneet, who are at present lodged in the Central Jail, Ludhiana, had challenged each other and had directed their respective gang members to orchestrate attack. On June 3, both gangs had attacked each other at a wedding.

Now the police have erected several nakas in these sensitive areas and even police personnel in civvies are also patrolling the city to prevent any further clash. Police officials are also interacting with residents to get any clue about gangsters at large in these cases.

Police sources privy to the development said the police had identified several persons who had been giving shelters to these gangsters in different ways.

“Some people are giving shelters to gangsters either by supporting them financially or helping them by providing them hideouts. We have identified such persons and once we verify their roles, the police will register FIRs against them soon. We are not going to spare anyone. Action will be taken on merit in the case,” ADCP Pragya Jain told The Tribune on Tuesday.

The ADCP, however, did not make names of such persons public, citing the pending investigation.

The ADCP asked residents if they have any information about these gangsters and their associates, they should inform at 78370-18503. Identity of the informer will be kept secret. “I urge residents to be a part of policing and support the police in nabbing the gangsters. By this way, either they will be arrested or leave the city,” the ADCP added.

Kin of accused meet CP, seek probe

Today, kin of Akash Soni, one of the persons booked in the clash occurred at Hargobind Nagar, today met the CP and urged him to conduct a fresh probe into his role. They alleged that Akash was rather attacked by Karan Walia and others and brutally injured but the police registered a case against Akash. They said they would hold a protest against the police if the latter fail to withdraw the case against Akash.

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