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  1. Who was Vicky Gounder? Punjab’s most wanted gangster who was killed in police encounter

Who was Vicky Gounder? Punjab’s most wanted gangster who was killed in police encounter

Vicky Gounder hailed from Sarawan Bodla village in Muktsar district. Gounder was a discus thrower before he became a gangster.

By: | New Delhi | Published: January 27, 2018 11:38 AM
Vicky Gounder, the notorious gangster from Punjab was killed in an encounter on Friday evening. Punjab police said that Vicky Gounder was killed in an encounter in a village just on the border in Rajasthan. His accomplice Prema Lahoria was also killed in the encounter.

Vicky Gounder, the notorious gangster from Punjab was killed in an encounter on Friday evening. Punjab police said that Vicky Gounder was killed in an encounter in a village just on the border in Rajasthan. His accomplice Prema Lahoria was also killed in the encounter. The notorious gangster escaped the Nabha jail in November 2016 with six more inmates.

As reported by The Indian Express, the Chief of the Organised Crime Control Unit (OCCU), Inspector-General Nilabh Kishore, said the gangsters were killed in an exchange of fire with a police party led by OCCU assistant inspector-general Gurmeet Chauhan. Kishore said two assistant sub-inspectors were injured.

Vicky Gounder hailed from Sarawan Bodla village in Muktsar district. Gounder was a discus thrower before he became a gangster. Vicky Gounder came into limelight when he killed rival gangster Sukha Kahlwan in police custody. Kahlwan was travelling to the court hearing with the police. A video of Vicky Gounder dancing over Kahlwan’s body after the killing went viral. Gounder had celebrated the murder of another rival gangster Jaswinder Singh Rocky on Facebook from inside Nabha Jail. Rocky was murdered in April 2016.

Gounder faced a number of cases, including highway robbery in Punjab and several cases in Haryana and Rajasthan as well. When he was an athlete, Gounder had won three gold and two silver medals in the discus throw at the national level. Subsequently, he joined Speed Fund Academy, Jalandhar, for further training there. It was here that he got entangled in petty fights after which he left the academy.

On the encounter of Vicky Gounder, the chief minister of Punjab took to Twitter and wrote, “Congratulations to Punjab Police for killing most wanted gangster Vicky Gounder and his aide Prema Lahoria. Excellent work by DGP Suresh Arora, DG Intelligence Dinkar Gupta and OCCU team, including AIG Gurmeet Singh and Inspector Vikram Brar. Proud of you boys.”

Chauhan said the encounter started at 6 pm in a Dhani (houses located in farms outside the village) in a place called Pakki in Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan. It lasted for about 10 minutes. Chauhan said another accomplice of the duo who is “yet to be identified” was injured and was rushed to the hospital. Unconfirmed reports said the third accomplice succumbed to injuries. The Dhani, Chauhan said, belonged to Lakhwinder Singh. Four gangsters — Gurpreet Singh Sekhon, Vicky Gounder, Kulpreet Singh Neeta Deol and Amandeep Dhotian — had escaped along with Khalistani Liberation Force terrorist Harminder Singh Mintoo and “another terrorist” Kashmir Singh from the maximum-security Nabha jail in November 2016.

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