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Most wanted gangster Vicky Gounder, aide killed in encounter

28 January 2018, 12:34 | Franklin Nunez

Vicky Gounder was Punjab’s most wanted gangster

Punjab's most-wanted gangster Vicky Gounder associate shot dead in encounter by Punjab Police

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has lauded the state police for eliminating the notorious gangsters.

Gounder, who had a reward of Rs 7 lakh from the Punjab Police and another from the Rajasthan Police, was using the social media as a tool to create terror and issue threats to rival gangs and police officers.

Harjinder Bhullar (27) alias Vicky Gounder was allegedly the mastermind of the sensational high-security Nabha jailbreak in 2016, and had been on the run.

Vicky had been involved in several cases of highway robbery, claims police - apart from having many other criminal cases registered against him.

After receiving the input the police team surrounded the house, but the gangsters got to know of the police presence and opened fire.

He recently got a delivery of an automatic assault rifle from Pakistan through his handler Ramanjit Singh alias Romi who is also wanted by the Punjab Police and against whom a Red Corner Notice has been issued. He is the prime accused in the killing of gangster Sukha Kahlwan.

Two wanted criminals were shot dead on Friday in an encounter with the Punjab Police, ANI reported. OCCU IG Nilabh Kishore confirmed the killing of the gangsters and said that more information is being collected.

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During the encounter, two police personnel including a sub-inspector and assistant sub-inspector were injured.

On January 26, the police received information that both the offenders were hiding in Village Panjawa.

On seeing the police party, three persons came out from a room and started firing on the cops.

The encounter is said to have lasted for more than an hour and "Lahoria was killed when he was trying to escape by jumping the boundary wall".

The infamous gangster was known to taunt police with his mocking posts on Facebook, where he would openly announce killings and shootouts, while he was still lodged in jail.

A third gangster, Sukhpreet Singh, was also shot during encounter and he later succumbed to his injuries.

Replying to questions, DGP Arora justified the need for a stringent law like PCOCA to effectively deal with criminals.

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