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CHANDIGARH: A day after two gangsters were neutralised in a police encounter in Ludhiana, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rural) Jaskiranjit Singh Teja has been constituted to investigate backward and forward linkages of both the deceased gangsters, said Special Director General of Police (Spl DGP) Law and Order Arpit Shukla here on Thursday. The SIT also comprises ADCP Investigation Rupinder Kaur Sran, ADCP-2 Sohail Mir and SHO Dehlon as its members.

The Spl DGP accompanied by the Commissioner of Police (CP) Ludhiana Kuldeep Singh Chahal was addressing a Press Conference at Punjab Police Headquarters (PPHQ) here.

As per the information, two gangsters identified as Sanjeev Kumar alias Sanju Bahman (26) and Subham alias Gopi (26), who were wanted in connection with the shooting on a Ludhiana-based industrialist to extort money, were neutralised during an encounter with the Police, which took place near Tibba Pul at Doraha in Ludhiana on Wednesday evening. Five of their associates were already arrested by the Ludhiana Police on November 26.

During the encounter, one police personnel ASI Sukhdeep Singh has also sustained a gunshot injury during the cross-fire. The police have registered an FIR No 285 under sections 307, 332, 353 and 186 of the IPC, and section 25 and 27 Arms Act based on the statement of Inspector Kulwant Singh at Police Station Sahnewal.

Spl DGP Arpit Shukla said that both the deceased gangsters were history-sheeters and wanted by the Punjab Police with multiple criminal cases pertaining to Arms Act, Robbery/Dacoity and NDPS act registered against them. Ludhiana Police have also recovered the Kia Seltos car, which was snatched from the factory owner from the arrested persons, he said.

Reiterating the commitment of the Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann to make Punjab a safe and secure state, the Spl DGP said that Punjab Police has been making sincere efforts to eradicate gangsters, anti-social elements and drug smugglers from the state and no one will be allowed to disturb the hard earned peace and harmony of the state.

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