Jalandhar, July 25

Three days after travel agents had shot fires and absconded with Rs 44 lakh commission received from two youths desirous of going abroad, the Kapurthala police have arrested three agents and recovered an i10 car used in the crime and Rs 34.68 lakh in cash from them.

The incident had taken place outside Virasat Haveli, near Hamira, on the Jalandhar-Amritsar national highway on July 22 afternoon.

While one of the main suspects, Simranjit Singh Prince of Amritsar, had been arrested the same day, the police have now nabbed three youths of Tanda in Hoshiarpur in this connection, SSP Satinder Singh said today.

The three suspects, Shubham, Sukhwinder Singh and Amardeep Singh, had been reportedly working like a gang targeting those wanting to go abroad, calling them with cash and looting the amount at gunpoint.

Three more suspects in the case are still absconding.

The Kapurthala police today revealed that seven persons were involved in the racket in which Simranjit was involved in targeting such victims and calling the other gangsters at a location using WhatsApp if the clients were ready to make cash payments. In the present case, Jaspal Singh of Amritsar, who wanted to send his nephew and a cousin to Canada, were the targets. Jaspal had reached the site with cash along with his brother Gurbaj Singh, Happy and Devinder Singh in their Mahindra XUV vehicle.

Soon after Simranjit made a call, some miscreants came in two cars, Hyundai i20 and Maruti Swift, and damaged the XUV with rods and a pistol. A bullet even hit Gurbaj’s finger. Later, they fled away with the two bags containing cash.

The gang had reportedly targeted victims in a similar manner at Dyalpur village on June 28 but did not succeed in looting Rs 24 lakh in cash. They, however, managed to loot Rs 12 lakh in cash from a Gurdaspur-based family a few days later. One of the suspects, Harmanjit Singh Dhaliwal, also of Tanda, who had got injured in the police firing and has been taking treatment at a hospital, too has been detained by the Kapurthala police.