Jaipur, Jan 31 (PTI) Magisterial probe into the death of most-wanted gangster Vicky Gounder and 2016 Nabha jail break mastermind Prema Lahoria in an encounter with Punjab Police near a village in Rajasthan’s Sri Ganganagar district on Friday, began today, officials said. Also Read - Rajasthan: Drunk Man Beats Wife to Death With Leather Belt, Arrested
Gounder and Lahoria were killed, while another notorious criminal Sawinder Singh was injured in the encounter near Pakki village in Rajasthan — just 50 metres from Punjab border. Singh died a few days later while undergoing treatment. Also Read - Rajasthan: CLP Meet Ends, Congress Vows to Bring Confidence Motion in Assembly Tomorrow
Additional Superintendent of police Surendra Singh Rathore said, “Magisterial inquiry is being conducted to check whether Supreme Court guidelines for police encounter were followed.” Also Read - Rajasthan Political Crisis: Suspended Congress MLA Files Plea in High Court Seeking NIA Probe
“We visited the encounter spot and recorded statements of residents. Punjab policemen too have been summoned to record their statements,” he said.
He said Lakhwinder Singh Lakha, who was arrested during the encounter, was produced before a court and weapons used in the encounters were seized and sent for forensic examination.
Gounder was among the six prisoners, including Harminder Singh Mintoo and Kashmir Singh, both terrorists, and gangsters Aman Dhothian, Vicky Gounder, Gurpreet Sekhon and Neeta Deol, who were freed by armed men from the high-security Nabha Jail in November 2016.
Gounder was also wanted by Rajasthan police in multiple cases and a reward of Rs 50,000 was announced for his arrest, a police official said.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.