Notorious gangsters Vicky Goundar, Lahoria killed in encounter in Rajasthan

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According to police records Gounder was wanted in at least 15 cases of murder, kidnapping and robbery in various states. Five teams were constituted to raid the "Dhanni" and nab the gangsters. He continued to taunt Punjab Police with regular Facebook updates while on the run.

The Punjab Police said it managed to trace gangster Vicky Gounder, wanted in 10 cases of murder and gang-war, after a year-long manhunt. Punjab Police - that hadn't been told about the detention - was reported to have found out about Gurpreet Singh's arrest from a Facebook post by Vicky Gounder.

The encounter by the Punjab police took place on Friday where Nabha jailbreak mastermind Vicky Gounder and one of the aides Prema Lahoria (also involved in the jailbreak incident) were neutralised. An accomplice of the duo was injured in the operation, the police said.

A case under relevant sections of the IPC and the Arms Act was registered at Hindumalkot Police Station in Sri Ganganagar.

In Friday's encounter, two policemen's were also suffered from the injuries near Pakki village which just 50 metres away from Punjab border in Rajasthan.

Dinkar Gupta said the police had inputs of their presence in the village. On January 24, an OCCU advisory was issued listing out five districts reporting possible movement of the gangsters and additional forces were sent out there. "When had information but who were staying (in Dhani) we were not sure about it", said Chauhan.

Gounder and Lahoria died, Sukhpreet Singh is now admitted to the Civil Hospital in Abohar.

The third accomplice who is yet to identified was rushed to Ganganagar hospital in Rajasthan where he is also reportedly critical.

Three weapons, including two.32 bore and one.30 bore pistols, were recovered from the spot. Recently, he got delivery of an automatic assault rifle from Pakistan through his close associate and handler, Ramanjit Singh who is also wanted by Punjab Police and against whom Red Corner Notice has been issued.

Sub Inspector Baljinder Singh and ASI Kirpal Singh were injured in the operation.

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.