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Election season: Crime witnesses downward trend in Jalandhar

Jalandhar: Barring a gang-war-cum-shootout incident in assembly elections, crime witnessed a downward trend in Jalandhar and adjoining districts of Doaba in the wake of model code of conduct.

Model code of conduct came into effect on January 4 while assembly elections 2017 were held on February 4. Model code of conduct was still in force till the election results were declared on March 11.

All thanks to adequate Punjab Police and Para-military force deployment, Jalandhar witnessed no major crime.

However, on January 22, a shootout incident took place in the highly busy BMC chowk, where a gang war took place between members of rival gang right under the nose of the security forces.

Gangster Pancham Noor, who was a history sheeter was shot at by some unidentified persons, who managed to flee from the spot after the gang-war. The incident had taken place on a Sunday morning.

Pancham received bullet injuries and was rushed to a private hospital where he remained under treatment till Sunday evening.

Before the situation could go out of hand, on January 24, Jalandhar Commissioner of Police Arpit Shukla led by his team arrested two gangsters namely Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Vinay Nagar and Pankaj Sehdev from Gulmarg colony. The kingpin of the case Gursharan Bhalu was still at large.

Similarly, Kapurthala witnessed a heinous crime, where two daughters-in-law killed their mother-in-law following their illicit relations. The husbands of both the women were settled abroad.

The incident took place in Akbarpur village of Begowal town in Kapurthala on the intervening night of February 3-4. The elderly woman Swaraj Kaur (60) was killed by Rajinder Kaur and Rajdeep Kaur.

DSP Navneet Singh Mahal said that the elder daughter-in-law Rajinder Kaur was in an illicit relationship with Lovely, a resident of Akbarpur while Rajdeep was having an extra marital relation with one Sonu from Jalalpur village in Hoshiarpur.

It was learnt that both the women used to give sleeping pills to Swaraj Kaur and invite their male friends home. The mother-in-law of the two women had learnt about their illicit relations and she used to stop them.

However, on the intervening night of February 3-4, they gave sleeping pills to Swaraj Kaur and smothered her face with a pillow while later on, they attacked her with a sharp-edged weapon. The elderly woman’s brother Pritpal informed the police that his sister died under mysterious circumstances, though her daughter-in-law presented it as a case of loot.

Meanwhile, the peak election season also saw the seizure of as many as 608 cases of illicit liquor from a factory in Reru chowk in the city. The branded liquor cases were supposedly meant to be distributed during elections while the owner of the factory had failed to give a satisfactory reply.

Another major recovery of around 109 illicit liquor cases was made from the local Wariana check point. A police party had intercepted a Mahindra Bolero SUV and after checking the vehicle, recovered the liquor.

Liquor mafia also ended up claiming the life of a Head Constable (HC) in Jalandhar at the highly busy Lamma Pind chowk. HC Balwinder Singh was run over by a speeding car, ferrying liquor on January 23. Four persons driving the car had hit the HC, who died on the spot while the accused was still at large.

It was learnt that petty crime also witnessed a downward trend, as force was deployed at every nook and corner of the city.

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