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Punjab's Most Wanted Gangster Vicky Gounder Shot Dead In Police Encounter

Punjab's Most Wanted Gangster Vicky Gounder Shot Dead In Police Encounter

Prema Lahoria is a Jalandhar-based gangster who assisted Gounder in many killings, according the police.

The house where the shootout took place is owned by the family of gangster Lakhwinder Singh Lakha.

While he was wanted in about 15 cases of kidnapping, murder and robbery in the northern states, he shot to fame in 2015, when he killed Sukha Kahlwan, a rival. In Friday's encounter a notorious criminal was injured while another was arrested, police said.

Director General of Police (DGP) of Punjab Suresh Arora said on Saturday that the Punjab police have formed a new Special Task Force called the Organised Crime Control Unit (OCCU), to address the issue of gangsters in the state. His accomplice Prema Lahoriya was also killed in the town bordering Punjab and Rajasthan.

Dinkar Gupta said the police had inputs of their presence in the village.

Gounder, who had led the Nabha jailbreak with five other prisoners in November 2016, continued to elude police.

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We called up the SHO (Station House Office) of Khuian Sawar police station (in Punjab's Fazilka district).

"They (criminals) came out of their room when they heard the sound of police vehicles and started firing on the policemen", he said, adding that Lahoria and Gounder were killed when they were climbing the wall of Dhani.

Two pistols of.32 bore and one pistol of 0.30 bore, and a large quantity of ammunition along with an ammunition belt were recovered from the possession of the gangsters, along with mobile phones and dongles, used for communication through social media. He had been daring Punjab Police to catch him.

After the encounter, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted a congratulatory message to the police.

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. The third person, whose identity is yet to be established, was shifted to Civil Hospital, Abohar, with injuries, to which he succumbed.

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