A month later, Punjab Police arrested two more members of the terror module backed by mastermind Iqbpreet Bucchi; two pistols recovered

CHANDIGARH: The ongoing campaign to eradicate organized crime in the state, as directed by Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, saw a major breakthrough after the Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) ​​of the police of Punjab, in a follow-up operation, arrested two more officers. of a terror module operated by foreign-based mastermind Iqbalpreet Singh alias Buchi, Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav said on Tuesday.

The arrested persons were identified as Simarjot Singh from Ludhiana and Arshpreet Singh alias Arsh from Patiala. Police teams also recovered two pistols – one .30 caliber and one .32 caliber – along with 11 live cartridges from their possession.

This development closely followed the arrest of four members of this module, including key operative Gurwinder Singh alias Shera, after recovering three pistols along with 13 live cartridges from their possession on May 14, 2024. It is pertinent to note that ‘Iqbalpreet Buchi is a close associate of Ramandeep Bagga alias Canadian, who was the main shooter in seven targeted killings that occurred in 2016-2017 and is currently lodged in Tihar Jail under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act ( UAPA).

DGP Gaurav Yadav said that acting on reliable information, AGTF teams under the supervision of ADGP Promod Ban raided a house located in Kochar market road area of ​​Ludhiana and arrested the two accused after recovering weapons from their possession. The police teams were led by AIG Gurmeet Singh Chauhan and AIG Sandeep Goel and headed by DSP Bikramjit Singh Brar.

He said the Punjab Police had avoided sensational crimes in Punjab and neighboring states with the arrest of the two officers. Both the arrested accused have criminal antecedents with cases of murder, attempt to murder, Arms Act and NDPS Act registered against them in Punjab and Rajasthan, he added.

The DGP said further investigations were underway to trace the backward and forward linkages in the case.

An FIR case no. 21 dated 13/05/02024 had already been registered under Section 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 25(6)(7) of the Arms Act, State Police Station for crime in SAS Nagar.