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2 gangsters arrested with large haul of arms-ammunition, bullet -proof jacket

 Chandigarh, July 14:-- Punjab Police have busted a gang of international arms smugglers and highway robbers, with the arrest of two dreaded gangsters, including proclaimed offender Gurpreet Singh @ Gora and Germanjeet Singh.
A bullet-proof jacket, along with a major haul of arms and ammunition smuggled, has been seized by the police from the gangsters, who were allegedly also involved in smuggling of weapons from across the border into India.
The duo were arrested by the Jalandhar (Rural) Police from Bhogpur and recovered a bullet proof jacket, and a .455 bore Pistol provided by gangster Gopi Ghanshampuriya, two Glock 09 mm Pistols with four live cartridges, one pump action 12 bore Rifle, one .32 bore Revolver, one .30 bore Pistol and live cartridges were recovered from the gangsters, DGP Dinkar Gupta disclosed, adding that the Verna car they were travelling was also seized.
Gora is already facing criminal charges in 14 cases in various districts of Punjab for attempt to murder, assault, snatching, dacoity, gang war and others, and is a PO in 13 of these cases, said Gupta.
 Giving details of the operation, Navjot Mahal, SSP Jalandhar Rural said that police had got a tip-off that accused were planning to commit some heinous crime, such as snatching vehicles from highway at gunpoint. A special surveillance was quickly organised at check posts in the entire area, and  a team of special staff of Jalandhar Rural Police was able to apprehend the car- borne assailants.
Gupta said during preliminary interrogations, Gora revealed that he was in close contact with Baljinder Singh Billa Mandiala, who was well connected with Pakistan based drug and arms smugglers, Mirza and Ahmdeen, and had received many consignments of weapons and drugs from them in the Ferozpur area. Gupta said Pakistani Drug/ Arms smuggler Mirza has been working as courier on Indo-Pak border for Khalistan Libration Force and had smuggled many weapon consignments to Indian territory.
It has also been learned that a part of 05 AK-47 weapon consignment recovered from the Indo-Pak border on September 24, 2019 by STF Punjab, was also meant for this apprehended criminal Billa Mandiala.
 The gang was involved in many cases of highway car robberies, ransom and extortion, said Gupta, adding that after getting bail in cases registered against him, Gora used to live in a Gurudwara at Nanded, Pune and Himachal Pradesh in a clandestine manner.
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