Police claim Punjab gang gets financial assistance from Canada, one arrested

Police claim Punjab gang gets financial assistance from Canada, one arrested

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Sukhmeet Bhasin
Tribune News Service
Bathinda, November 21

Bathinda Police claimed they arrested a gangster belonging to a gang that is believed to get funding from Canada to continue its activities.

Bathinda Senior Superintendent of Police Bhupinderjit Singh Virk said on Friday that they had arrested a suspect they identified as Jagdeep Singh from Moga, a member of the Bambiha gang, with a US-made gun from the city’s Adarsh Nagar. Jagdeep Singh, the officer claimed, had “confessed” during questioning that the gang received funding from a gang member they identified as Sukha Singh, who lives in Canada.

Sukha Singh is originally from Duneke village in Moga, police said.

“We are still looking into it,” Virk said.

 The officer said that Jagdeep Singh recently became associated with the Bambiha gang, and added that besides him, police had booked four other suspected members from the gang---Beant Singh from Moga’s Mandi Mustafa, Rajwinder Singh from Muktsar, Dharminder Singh from Goniana and Sukha Singh.

 He also said that the police had acted on information that Jagdeep Singh and some other people from the Bambiha gang had a huge cache of arms and were waiting to “strike big” but did not elaborate.

Virk said that the gang purchased weapons from the money they received from Sukha Singh.

The suspects are now in police custody for two days.

In 2016, gangster Davinder Bambiha was killed in a fierce police encounter that lasted four hours near Rampura Phul in Bathinda district.  The 25-year-old Bambiha (25) had 20 criminal charges against him, including murder, extortion and dacoity.

His gang continues to carry on activities despite his death---the gang reported shot dead a poultry farmer in 2018 on the Phul-Gill Kalan village road in Rampura area in broad daylight. It later claimed the attack on Facebook accusing the poultry farmer of being a police informer, having being the one who passed on information Davinder Bambiha’s whereabouts to the police in 2016.

The gang currently faces about 4 criminal cases in three states---Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.

 

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