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Punjab: Six members of Jaggu Bhagwanpuria gang arrested with 12 weapons

Jan 02, 2023 04:06 PM IST

Accused were operating weapon and drugs smuggling racket in border state, DGP assures of stern action

Six members of the Jaggu Bhagwanpuria gang involved in smuggling weapons and drugs were arrested with 12 weapons and 50 cartridges in Rupnagar district of Punjab, police said on Monday.

Rupnagar district police chief Vivek Sheel Soni addressing a press conference on Monday. Six members of the Jaggu Bhagwanpuria gang involved in smuggling weapons and drugs were arrested with 12 weapons and 50 cartridges in the district. (HT Photo)
Rupnagar district police chief Vivek Sheel Soni addressing a press conference on Monday. Six members of the Jaggu Bhagwanpuria gang involved in smuggling weapons and drugs were arrested with 12 weapons and 50 cartridges in the district. (HT Photo)

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Jagdeep Singh, alias Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, is an aide of jailed gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, the main accused in Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala’s murder last May.

Addressing a press conference, Rupnagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) Vivek Sheel Soni said that the six accused, who were running a racket of smuggling arms and drugs on a large scale, were planning to carry out a strike with the weapons seized.

On December 15, a team of the crime investigating agency (CIA), Rupnagar, arrested four accused and recovered four pistols and 20 cartridges. To ascertain the link of the illegal weapons seized, the CIA team took one of the accused, Arshdeep Singh, alias Fouji, from Amritsar jail on production warrant.

Another accused who remained undercover by disguising his name as 777, later identified as Varinderpal Singh, Vicky, was arrested, Soni said, adding that his interrogation led to the recovery of eight more pistols and 30 cartridges.

Punjab director general of police Gaurav Yadav said stern action will be taken against all those involved in running illegal weapon networks.

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    Vishal Rambani is an assistant editor covering Punjab. A journalist with over a decade of experience, he writes on politics, crime, power sector, environment and socio-economic issues. He has several investigative stories to his credit.

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