NEW DELHI

Wanted criminal nabbed

NEW DELHI OCT. 31. A Punjab-based criminal wanted in a murder case in which he allegedly gunned down six persons, including an Akali Dal leader this May, has been arrested by the South-West Delhi police.

Jasbir Singh alias Jassa , a terror in Punjab, was wanted in several heinous cases. The police said on May 19, Jassa -- who claims himself to be a supporter of Congress Party -- received information that an Akali Dal leader, Gurdayal Singh, was going somewhere along with his friends in a Tata Sumo. He gave a chase to the Sumo in a Toyota Qualis, along with five of his accomplices.

On the way, a generator-run vehicle came on the middle of the road and Jassa got an opportunity to overtake the Sumo.

He stopped the Qualis at a distance, came out armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, a 303 and 7.61 bore rifles and two pistols, and riddled the Sumo with bullets.

During interrogation, he disclosed that he himself fired at least 120 rounds.

To confirm that all the occupants were dead, Jassa peeped inside and emptied his pistol on the victims before leaving. After that incident, he escaped to Delhi and got his beard and hair cut to hide his real identity. The Punjab police came under tremendous pressure to nab Jassa as he was involved in a political murder.

The Delhi police said on a tip-off about his presence here, a police team and identified the person, Sukhpal Singh, with whom he had been living here. At his instance, a police team comprising, Sub-Inspectors Rajkumar and Ravinder Tyagi, Head Constables Bhubnesh and others, arrested Jassa.

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