New Delhi: Ahead of Republic Day, the Delhi Police has arrested two alleged associates of Canada-based gangster-turned-terrorist Lakhbir Singh Landa from Punjab, officials claimed on Friday.

Both have been identified as Rajan Bhatti, a resident of Gurdaspur in Punjab, and Kanwaljit Singh alias Chinna, a resident of Firozpur in Punjab. Bhatti has been arrested by the police in the ongoing operation against the Khalistani terrorist-gangster nexus. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Manishi Chandra said he is one of the most wanted gangsters in Punjab and a close aide of another fugitive Landa Harike.

Bhatti was involved in over 15 cases and was wanted in a case registered in Punjab’s Mohali. The FIR was registered in connection with target killings and for disturbing communal harmony in Punjab on the instructions of Lakhbir Singh Landa and Harvinder Singh Rinda, police said.

Based on disclosures made by Bhatti and technical analysis, Singh was also arrested in a joint operation with Punjab Police, the DCP said. Bhatti was handling Singh to receive and push drugs and firearms through drones in Punjab. Landa Harike had also instructed Bhatti and Singh to eliminate two targets in Punjab, Chandra said.

Singh along with an accomplice was zeroed in on a hotel in Amritsar. A joint team was formed for the raid. After they were cornered, the two suspects opened fire on the police team and tried to escape, officials said. Constable Yogesh was injured in the encounter that lasted for some time. Though Singh was apprehended, his accomplice managed to escape, police said.

Police said that a case has been registered in connection with the incident at Beas Police Station, Amritsar Rural.

By Archana

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