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Punjab's most wanted gangster and two other gansters were today killed in a police encounter in village Midhu Khera near Lambi in Faridkot district.

It may be recalled here that Vicky Gounder had escaped from Maximum Security Jail of Nabha on November 27, 2016.

Addressing a news conference, DGP Suresh Arora and DGP Intelligence Dinkar Gupta, who coordinated the teams along with IG OCCU Nilabh Kishore, said the most wanted gangster Harjinder Singh, alias Vicky Gounder, was finally traced, after more than a year-long manhunt, through Intelligence gathering, and from multiple sources coupled with ground operations.

The infamous gangster was known to taunt police with his mocking posts on Facebook, where he would openly announce killings and shootouts, while he was still lodged in jail.

His family members say that they had met him when he was brought out of the jail for a court hearing in August 2016. A police team surrounded the house where Vicky was hiding with his accomplices.

The encounter by the Punjab police took place on Friday where Nabha jailbreak mastermind Vicky Gounder and one of the aides Prema Lahoria (also involved in the jailbreak incident) were neutralised. At least 26 people who were members of his gang were arrested in connection with helping the criminal and his five other aides escape. We have issued an advisory in regard to their movements in some districts.

They have been admitted to hospital.

The third accomplice who is yet to identified was rushed to Ganganagar hospital in Rajasthan where he is also reportedly critical. Police fired 40 shots and the gangsters fired about a dozen, he said.

Three weapons, including two.32 bore and one.30 bore pistols, were recovered from the spot.

Two police officers- a sub-inspectgor and an assistant sub-inspector, were injured in the shootout. Recently, he got delivery of an automatic assault rifle from Pakistan through his close associate and handler, Ramanjit Singh who is also wanted by Punjab Police and against whom Red Corner Notice has been issued.

Replying to questions, DGP Arora justified the need for a stringent law like PCOCA to effectively deal with criminals.