CHANDIGARH: The five men who had fired 17 bullets at the house of liquor baron’s brother in Sector 33 on May 31 were associates of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi who had arranged the car for them that was used in the crime, police investigation has revealed.
Cops said the five accused reached Zirakpur on Sunday morning and took a Ford Ikon car from Sewak alias Guri, an associate of Bishnoi. A crime branch team arrested Guri from near the light point of DT Mall of IT Park on Wednesday evening. Police claimed to have recovered a country-made pistol and eight live cartridges from his possession of Guri. Police also recovered his Hyundai Creta SUV.
Sources said Guri had received a WhatsApp call from Bishnoi lodged in a jail in Bharatpur in Rajasthan a few days back, asking him to arrange a car for his men as they wanted to drive around the city. Guri borrowed the vehicle from his friend Gurdeep Singh of Banur, not handing over his Hyundai Creta SUV as he suspected the five could carry out some crime, police said. However, Guri, sources said, had no clue about the firing plans of the accused.
Guri had come into contact with Bishnoi through his aide Deepu, who is lodged in Ambala jail. After the firing, the accused returned the car to Guri at Zirakpur. Guri gave the vehicle back to his friend the same day. The next day, the operation cell recovered the car from the outside of the house of Gurdeep Singh in Banur. Police have detained Gurdeep Singh. Police recorded his statement before a magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC.
Sources said members of the Bishnoi gang had fired bullets at the Playground discotheque in Sector 26 on the night of December 1, 2019, and Guri had provided assistance to the shooters. Police are investigating that case too.
Sec 9 firing: Cops clueless
In the Sector 9 liquor store shooting case, police have failed to make any headway. Police have gathered mobile dump data of the site near the crime scene and are scrutinising phone numbers. Meanwhile, UT administrator V P Singh Badnore chaired a crime review meeting at Raj Bhawan on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by UT adviser Manoj Parida , DGP Sanjay Baniwal, SSP Nilambari Jagadale and others
However, DGP UT highlighted that crime like Burglary, auto thefts , snatchings, and robberies have decreased by 67 percent to 33 percent in the this year in comparison to last year in same time period.