Chandigarh, June 19

The Punjab Police on Friday arrested the key shooter involved in the firing at the Chandigarh residence of liquor baron Arvind Singla on May 31.

Nitin Nahar, a resident of Indra Colony, Jhabal Road, Amritsar, was apprehended from near Colour Resorts, Attari Road, Amritsar, along with his associate Bikramjit Singh, who had provided him with a safe hideout.

The arrests came during an Intelligence led operation by a joint team of Amritsar (Rural) Police and Organized Crime Control Unit (OCCU), said a police spokesperson.

Initial investigations had revealed Nitin to be a close associate of Bobby Malhotra, a gangster currently lodged in Ferozepur Jail, and further associated with the Lawrance Bishnoi group, who had ordered the attack at the Sector 33 house of Arvind Singla. The arrested accused have disclosed that they had been tasked to carry out such incidents in Punjab, Chandigarh and Rajasthan also by Lawrance Bishnoi.

One .32 caliber Pistol, alongwith 40 live cartridges, one .315 caliber Pistol alongwith 10 live cartridges, used in the crime, have been recovered from Nitin’s possession. Nitin was already wanted in three other firing incidents of Amritsar, including at his rival group members, Vipin Kumar (in January 2020) and Love Kumar (in February 2020), and on the complainant of his old case at Jhabal road, Amritsar in April this year.

During his interrogation, Nitin Nahar revealed that on May 31, he had been directed by Bobby Malhotra to carry out the attack and a black Audi car was sent by Lawrance Bishnoi to pick him up from Ludhiana and drop him at the outskirts of Chandigarh. He was subsequently picked up in a silver Ford Ikon car by other accused involved in the firing incident. They all then went together to Sector 33, and fired at the house of the businessman. Nitin Nahar was the key shooter in this after and had used a .32 bore Pistol in the firing.

After the shooting incident, Nitin was dropped off at Kharar by the other co-accused and from there he was dropped at the safe hideout in Amritsar in a white Bolero car on the directions of Bobby Malhotra.

A case FIR No. 81, dated: 19.06.2020, u/s 392, 395, 386, 384, 25, 54, 59 Arms Act & 121, 121 A, 120B, IPC PS Gharinda, Amritsar Rural District has been registered against them, and further investigations are in progress.

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