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Gurpreet Sekhon, aides were active while in hiding

Chandigarh, After Gurpreet Singh Sekhon escaped from the Nabha jail on November 27 last year, he and his accomplices made money from an extortion call and settlement of a land dispute. Sekhon has told this to the police during his questioning.

The mastermind of the Nabha jailbreak, Sekhon, and three of his accomplices were arrested from Moga’s Dhudike village on Sunday.

AIG (Counter Intelligence) Gurmeet Chauhan, who was the Patiala SSP when the jailbreak took place, said Sekhon and his accomplices were active even when they were in hiding.

“Sekhon has revealed that he earned several lakhs of rupees through an extortion ransom call to a cricket bookie and settlement of a land dispute in his native village Mudki of Ferozepur district,” he said, adding that the gangsters survived on money made from criminal activities.

Sekhon had paid Rs 5 lakh to a Hong-Kong-based man, who was trying to help them flee abroad on fake documents. Chauhan was part of the joint team of Punjab Police which arrested Sekhon.

Punjab gangsters have been making money from extortion calls and settling disputes, the police said. Chauhan said a Hong-Kong-based man had lent Rs 7 lakh to the gangsters.

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