Chandigarh: Notorious Punjab gangster Vicky Gounder and accomplice Prem Lahoriya were killed in a shootout along the Punjab-Rajasthan border in south-west Punjab, police sources said on Friday.
Reports said both were killed by a police team chasing them based on reliable information on his whereabouts.
The shootout took place near Muktsar village in which two policemen were also injured.
Vicky Gounder and Prema Lahoriya were killed during an encounter with police. This was an intelligence based operation. Two police personnel were injured during the operation: Dinkar Gupta, DGP Intelligence, Punjab pic.twitter.com/6OdPDjVMkQ
— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2018
Gounder was on the run since November 2016 when he made a sensational escape from the high-security Nabha Central Jail in Punjab along with five other prisoners, including two terrorists.
While the Punjab Police rearrested five escapees in a few months, Gounder still remained on the run.
Vicky Gounder whose real name was Harjinder Bhullar alias Jinder was a resident of Sarawan Bodla village in former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's home turf Lambi.
Gounder was also alleged to be involved in a fatal attack on another notorious gangster Sukha Kahlwan near Phagwara town, 135 km from here, in January 2015.
Kahlwan was in police custody and on his way for a court hearing when gangsters attacked him.
Gounder and his gang members were allegedly involved in several cases of kidnapping for extortion, contract killing, drug peddling, betting and several other heinous crime.
(With IANS inputs)