The drive against anti-social elements launched on the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann got a major breakthrough after Punjab Police's Anti Gangster Task Force (AGTF) on Friday has arrested a key operative of Lawrence Bishnoi gang after recovering .30 caliber China-made pistol along with six live cartridges from his possession, said Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav here.
The arrested accused has been identified as Rajveer Singh alias Ravi Rajgarh, a resident of Rajgarh village in Khanna district. The accused was in touch with Lawrence Bishnoi and Canada-based terrorist Goldy Brar for the past 13-14 years and has been carrying out criminal activities on their behest.
He has a criminal history with a cases pertaining to murder, attempt to murder and arms act etc, registered against him in the state.DGP Gaurav Yadav said that AGTF headed by ADGP Promod Ban, following reliable inputs have sent a police team led by DSP Rajan Parminder and DSP Deepika Singh under the supervision of AIG AGTF Sandeep Goel and successfully arrested Rajgarh from Sector 79 in SAS Nagar, when he was driving a posh car.
The preliminary investigations revealed that accused Ravi Rajgarh was providing hideouts, logistic support, arms and vehicles to the members of Lawrence Bishnoi gang, he said, adding that the accused also facilitated associates of Lawrence Bishnoi gang to procure passports on fake particulars to escape abroad.
The DGP said that an interrogation of accused Ravi Rajgarh and detailed probe in this case will further help in unearthing criminal activities planned by Lawrence Bishnoi-Goldy Brar gang in Punjab and adjoining states.
Meanwhile, accused Ravi Rajgarh has been arrested in a criminal case dated June 20, 2022, under sections 384, 392, 465, 466, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 12 of the Passport Act and section 25 of the Arms Act registered at Police station State Crime, Mohali. Notably, the accused was also wanted in an arms act case registered at Doraha police station in April 2022.