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Punjab Police busts interstate arms smuggling racket backed by Lawrance Bishnoi; 2 held with 3 pistols

 The Fact News Service
Amritsar, June 11

Amidst the ongoing drive to make Punjab a safe and secure state as per the vision of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, Amritsar Rural Police has busted an Interstate Illegal Arms Smuggling Racket backed by Gangster Lawrance Bishnoi with the arrest of its two operatives, said Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav here on Tuesday.

Those arrested have been identified as Harshdeep Singh of village Ratoke in Tarn Taran and Shubham Kumar of Guru Nanakpura in Amritsar. Police teams have also recovered three pistols— including two 9MM Glock pistols and one .30 bore pistol— along with 13 live cartridges and two mobile phones from their possession and also impounded their Toyota Fortuner car (KA 42 M 5357).

DGP Gaurav Yadav said that Amritsar Rural Police has also booked another Rajasthan-based operative of the racket identified as Bhupinder Singh, who is said to be the close aide of Lawrence Bishnoi and used to supply weapon consignments to the arrested accused persons for further delivery to criminal elements. Police teams are conducting raids to nab accused Bhupinder Singh, he said.

Pertinently, accused Harshdeep Singh and Bhupinder Singh, who have criminal background with cases pertaining to NDPS and Arms Act registered against them, became known to each other while lodged at Ferozepur Jail.

 Sharing operation details, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Amritsar Rural Satinder Singh said that following reliable inputs that accused Harshdeep along with Shubham is going to deliver a weapon consignment, Police teams from CIA Staff laid a trap in the area of Police Station Gharinda and arrested both the accused persons when they were travelling in their Fortuner Car and recovered .30 bore pistol along with 9 live cartridges from their possession. Later, Police teams also recovered two 9MM Glock pistols from the location pinpointed by accused Harshdeep, he added.

He said that further investigations are on to trace the forward and backward linkages of this module. More arrests and recoveries are expected, he added.

A case FIR no. 135 dated 10-6-2024 has been registered under section 25 of the Arms Act at Police Station Gharinda in Amritsar Rural.

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