Punjab Police avert target killings planned by Sonu Khatri gang; gangster Jassa Happowal held with two pistols

Punjab Police committed to make Punjab a safe and secure state as per vision of CM Bhagwant Mann

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Amidst the ongoing campaign to make Punjab a safe and secure state as per the vision of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, Punjab Police have got major breakthrough with the arrest of notorious Gangster Karanjit Singh alias Jassa Happowal— an operative of a foreign-based Gangster Rajesh Kumar alias Sonu Khatri and Jaspreet Singh alias Jassa Mohanwalia, said Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav here on Thursday.

“Gangster Jassa Happowal was wanted in at least six murder cases including the sensational double-murder of a mother and daughter, which took place in village Bhojowal in Jalandhar Rural last month, and other heinous crimes,” he said. The accused had also put Kerosene oil on the bodies and faces of both deceased women before setting them ablaze. 

Police teams have also recovered two pistols— including .30 bore and .32 bore— along with two magazines and 10 live cartridges from their possession, besides, impounding his black-coloured Splendour Motorcycle sans registration number plate.

DGP Gaurav Yadav said that following reliable inputs that Jassa Happowal on directions of his foreign-based handlers hatching a conspiracy to execute 3-4 target killings and is on the way to conduct recce one of his next targets, teams from Counter Intelligence Jalandhar devised a meticulous plan and successfully arrested him after intercepting his motorcycle at outskirts of Jalandhar.

Sharing more details, AIG CI Navjot Singh Mahal said that during questioning, Jassa Happowal confessed to be involved in six murder cases and other criminal cases pertaining to attempt to murder, car-jacking and looting western unions. Further investigations are going-on, he added.

A case FIR No. 52 dated 30.11.2023 has been regitered under sections  384, 153, 153-A and120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 25 and 25(7) of the Arms Act at Police Station SSOC Amritsar.