Post-arrest claim, Mohali SSP parrots Sukhbir’s line on Kala Kachha gang: 'Nothing but rumour'

Sukhbir Singh BadalSukhbir Singh Badal

Two days back, the Mohali police had claimed that it had nabbed six members of the dreaded Kala Kachha gang in Kharar. Not only had the police issued a press release but its Senior Superintendent of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar had also "confirmed" the development to the media.

On Thursday, however, the SSP and his men were left red-faced after Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal rubbished it as a "rumour". In Mohali to launch a police helpline, he said the "existence of Kala Kachha gang" in the state was "nothing more than a rumour".

Sukhbir emphasised that "there was not even a single Kala Kachha gang operating" in the state. He went on to state that the "rumour-mongers" who were creating a false scare would be taken to task. "Such people are spreading rumors by sending SMSes and e-mails, and thus creating panic among people. We are trying to get hold of these actual culprits," he added.

Agreeing with his political boss, an embarrassed SSP took a U-turn and said that indeed the entire scare was nothing but a rumour.

Then why did the Mohali police claim it had arrested members of the Kala Kachha gang? "We had simply given a general name to the gang," explained Bhullar, adding that the purpose was only to give an "identification" to the gang.

On Tuesday, the police had claimed to have nabbed six members of the gang from an abandoned KTM factory in Kharar around 9 pm where they were allegedly planning a robbery. The accused had been identified as Gola (47), a resident of Chandikotla (Nada Sahib), Bhola (35), Vicky (18) and Lakha (49), residents of Kharar; Rahul (19), a resident of Ambala; and Denny (27), a resident of Banur.

Several weapons were recovered from the accused who were booked on charges of dacoity under sections 399 and 402 of the Indian Penal Code. The police had said that Denny and Lakha belong to the notorious 'Akeel' gang which was responsible for the murder of three people at Chhaju Majra village in 2005. Gola and Bhola have several cases registered against them in Rupnagar, Panchkula and Mohali for involvement in robberies while Rahul has seven cases registered against him in Haryana.

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