Police said it was a war between two gangs in which one gang was attempting to “rescue” three men from the custody of the rival gang.
The gang shootout came at a time when extra police are deployed at several places after the attempt on the life of RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja in Jalandhar Sunday, and the state police, who have yet been unable to find the culprits, are under criticism for letting the law and order situation drift.A Facebook page under the name of ‘Sukha Kahlon Sharp Shooter’ claimed to have carried out a “rescue” operation to “free three men from the custody of Davinder Singh Bambiha gang”. The post claimed that the dead as well as the injured belonged to the Sukha Kahlon gang.
One gangster, Dilbagh Singh alias Lamma Patti of Patti town in Tarn Taran, was found dead but it is not confirmed if he was killed in the shootout. The body of Dilbagh Singh was found near Droli Kalan village, one and a half km from the sight of the shootout near Bath village.
The Facebook post has claimed that Dilbagh Singh was kept elsewhere and that he was killed by the Bambiha gang in retaliation to the “rescue operation”. Dilbagh Singh was released on bail in a murder case from Faridkot jail last month. Five different criminal cases were registered against him.
The injured person, Atul Khattri, was taken to Fortis Hospital in Amritsar by police. He is a native of Mehta village in Amritsar district. Both Dilbagh and Khattari also have links with Jaggu Bhagwanpuria and Sonu Kangla gangs.
According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Manmohan Sharma, members of both the gangs were in their cars, and were firing at each other. Bambiha was travelling in a Fortuner car, which was recovered from the crime scene with marks of bullets all over.
His car had hit the construction material lying near an under-construction bridge around 10:30 pm Tuesday. Seats of the car were drenched in blood. The rival gang members were in three cars and fled from the spot. Police could not trace any of the three cars till the filing of this report.