Terming the encounter of Punjab's most wanted gangster Harjinder Singh alias Vicky Gounder and two of his aides as fake, supporters of Jaipal Singh, who leads the gang, vowed to avenge the killing. A Swift Dzire auto with fake number plate was recovered from the house.
Sub Inspector Baljinder Singh and ASI Kirpal Singh were injured in the operation. Further speaking about the gangster, a Rajasthan cop said, "He had been involved in gang wars in Punjab".
After receiving the input the police team surrounded the house, but the gangsters got to know of the police presence and opened fire.
Gounder emerged as the Punjab police's prime target after he broke out of the Nabha high-security Jail in November 2016.
Kahlwan was killed by Gounder and Lahoria when he was in a police vehicle being taken back to jail after a court hearing.
Gounder was wanted in as many as 15 cases of murder, kidnapping and robbery in these four states. The team started doing reccee of the area, and checking their suspected hideouts and associates.
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Additional Inspector General (AIG) Gurmeet Chauhan added that around five special operations were initiated in five districts of Punjab to nab such gangsters since Friday evening. While one team covered the house from the roof-top of the neighbouring house, another covered the rear boundary wall, and the third entered from the main gate, with the remaining teams covering the two other doors.
The infamous gangster was known to taunt police with his mocking posts on Facebook, where he would openly announce killings and shootouts, while he was still lodged in jail.
The most-wanted "A" category gangster, who was killed in an encounter yesterday, was being probed for his possible links with militant or radical elements as well as Pakistan's ISI, they said. In retaliatory firing, Gounder and Lahoria were shot dead.
In the hour-long shootout, a gangster identified as Sukhpreet Singh was shot dead along with Gounder whereas Lakhwinder Singh Lakha was arrested.
To a query, DGP Arora justified the need for a stringent law like PCOCA to effectively deal with criminals, who needed to be given a strong message that they could not get away with their criminal activities.