Dhakoli dacoity cracked, 4 held

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SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar (extreme right) and other officers with the arrested Dhakoli dacoity suspects on Friday.

Mohali, July 12: The police today claimed to have cracked the looting incident at Peer Muchalla in Dhakoli near Zirakpur on May 2 with the arrest of four persons. The police recovered Rs 26 lakh, a Swift car, an iPhone, a Vivo phone and a toy gun from them.

Those arrested are Harman Singh, Parkash Singh, Gursevak Singh and Sukhdev Singh, alias Fauji, all residents of Kakhanwali in Muktsar district. They were arrested along with the Swift from Mohali today. 

Harcharan Singh Bhullar, SSP, Mohali, said the SIT, headed by SP (Investigation) Varun Sharma, had issued a lookout notice against Harman Singh, who was arrested from Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on July 2.

During investigation, Harman revealed that the kingpin of the dacoity was Jagmeet Singh, alias Babbu Kang, who was known to the complainant’s husband Rakesh Verma through another friend and they used to hold get-togethers regularly.

The SSP said Jagmeet knew that huge cash and  jewellery usually remained in the house of the complainant and struck there along with his accomplices.

Bhullar said Harman had revealed that an Accent car used in the dacoity bore a fake registration number (PB 04 P 7882). He said the Accent belonged to Jagmeet’s friend Parth Bakshi, alias Tyson, a resident of Peer Muchalla, and its actual registration number was (PB 01B 0174).

The SSP said investigation revealed that Jagmeet’s father Parkash Singh and mother Baljit Kaur were also involved in the case and their names had been added to the case. He added that Harman Singh was in police remand for nine days and had now been sent to judicial custody.

The SSP said they had also frozen the bank accounts of the accused, showing deposits of Rs 16 lakh and added that till now they  had recovered Rs 45 lakh in the case. 

Bhullar said raids were being conducted to nab Jagmeet Singh, Vishu Sharma, Sukhpreet, alias Sukhu, and Parth Bakshi.

The Senior Superintendent of Police said the looted cash and gold jewellery had been kept by kingpin Jagmeet Singh. Jagmeet was to give Rs 10 lakh each to the other accused and of this, Harman Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Sukhpreet had been given Rs 6 lakh each, while Gursewak Singh had been given Rs 50,000. 

The rest of the amount was to be distributed later, the SSP added.

The Dhakoli police had registered a case under Sections 392 (punishment for robbery) and 395 (punishment for dacoity) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 25 of the Arms Act in the case on May 2.