ENCOUNTER KAR DITTA GIYA HAI – PB MEDIA SHOUTS
Gangster Vicky Gounder, Prema Lahoria killed in police encounter
- PT Bureau
Gangster Vicky Gounder, Prema Lahoria killed in police encounter



ELUSIVE DREADED GANGSTER Vicky Gounder alias Harjinder Singh was killed Friday evening along with two other outlaws, Prema Lahoria and Budda, in an encounter with the Punjab Police near Muktsar after dodging and frustrating the cops for more than a year. While initial reports said the encounter took place near village Panjawa and Middu Kheru in Muktsar, another report said the encounter took place in Abohar and there is a different village also called Panjawa near the Rajasthan border. 

Confusion continued to prevail even hours after the news about the encounter broke.

Director General of Punjab Police Suresh Arora confirmed the deaths of Gounder and other gangsters late this evening. A police team led by Counter Intelligence officer Vikram Brar cornered the gangsters near Middu Khera along the Bathinda-Rajasthan road that passes through Lambi and they were reported dead. 

Police sources said the bodies of the gangsters have been taken to Abohar hospital.
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"Vicky Gounder da encounter kar ditta giya hai," News18 Punjab TV channel repeatedly declared in words that denote more than news. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh lost no time in congratulating the Punjab Police.  
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Gounder shot to limelight in January 2015 when his name cropped up as the prime suspect in the murder of rival gangster Sukha Kahlwan.

Gounder and his accomplices filmed the act and danced around Kahlwan’s body as policemen watched helplessly. Kahlwan was killed in Phagwara when six cops were taking him back to the Nabha jail in a jeep after a court hearing in Jalandhar. 

"Vicky Gounder da encounter kar ditta giya hai," News18 Punjab TV channel repeatedly declared in words that denote more than news. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh lost no time in congratulating the Punjab Police. The Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP also followed suit in patting the police’s back. 

Gounder had become a headache for the Punjab Police ever since his daring escape from the Nabha high-security jail in November 2016. Six criminals were freed by armed assailants in that jail break and Gounder was the only one who could not be rearrested. 

After Sukha Kahlwan’s killing, Vicky Gounder allegedly murdered three men of an apparently rival gang in Gurdaspur in April last year, and was named in many other crimes and assaults. He was named as the prime suspect in the killings of Harpreet Singh alias Subedar, Sukhchain Singh alias Jatt and Sahib Singh at the Aujala by-pass on the Kahnuwan Road in Gurdaspur on April 20 last year.

Police's inability to arrest Gounder till the end and his death in an encounter is likely to put question marks on the efficacy of the Punjab Police even as sections of the media were expected to race to the headlines to call it a huge achievement of the force.

Gounder was a protege of another gangster Shera Khubhan who was also killed in police action earlier, and both were among outlaws' names that mirror a rather unfortunate reality of today's youth of Punjab that is finding ways to look for relevance in violence, guns, and drugs.
 

Police had repeatedly claimed that it came close to arresting Gounder but failed. In November last year, cops claimed to have traced his mobile location near Pindori village, 9 km from Gurdaspur and 500 police personnel were pressed into service in the evening. Terrified villagers were asked to stay inside their houses but the manhunt turned out to a damp squib.

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Police's inability to arrest Gounder till the end and his death in an encounter is likely to put question marks on the efficacy of the Punjab Police even as sections of the media were expected to race to the headlines to call it a huge achievement of the force.
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Gounder, who hailed from Muktsar and had originally joined gangster Jaipal Singh of Ferozepur, was wanted in at least 15 cases of murder, kidnapping and robbery. 

Gounder cocked a snook at the police as he kept striking at will, eliminating rivals after Nabha jailbreak. In December 2016, he was spotted in Mansa and then in February 2017 in an NRI’s house in Moga but continued to play the scarlet pimpernel. 

Gounder, alias Harjinder Singh Bhullar, 29 years of age, was the only son of his parents. His family had expressed fears that the police might kill him in an encounter. Questions around the encounter are likely to cloud the police action.

Gounder's mother Jaswinder Kaur and her husband Mehal Singh had never met their son while he was in jail. Gounder was into sports and at one time was a student at a Jalandhar college.
 
DELVING DEEP INTO GANGSTER COUNTRY

Punjab Police has been cutting a very sorry figure for a long time even as Punjab's gangsters seemed to be vying to claim that they had liquidated one or other of their rivals. 

Vicky Gounder had claimed to have killed Jaswinder alias Rocky near Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh while another gangster Jaipal quickly updated his own Facebook status to claim it was him who got Rocky killed. Such claims underlined the brazenness among Punjab criminals with many regularly posting their selfies and celebrating their b'days in jails.

Hardly any Punjab politicians took to twitter or Facebook to question Punjab's plunge into gangsterism even as many young kids began looking towards becoming an outlaw as a career choice.

Prisoners using phones with impunity while being in custody now does not make much of a news in Punjab.

Many of the gangster groups have their own Facebook pages that keep up a narrative with pictures of guns slinging or faces grinning cheek to cheek into cameras inside jail.

In this paradigm come these deaths of Vicky Gounder and others in an encounter and you have Punjab's politicians tripping over each other in congratulating the police. 
 

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