Gangsters Jaipal Bhullar and Jassi Kharar were shot in an encounter in Kolkata’s Shapoorji Pallonji Complex
Gangsters Jaipal Bhullar and Jassi Kharar were slain in a joint operation by Punjab Police, West Bengal Police, and federal security services. They were wanted for the murders of CIA ASI Bhagwan Singh and Dalwinderjit Singh at Jagraon Grain Market on May 15. According to sources, the incident occurred in Kolkata’s Shahpurji Enclave, and one STF sub-inspector was injured.
The top most-wanted gangster, Jaipal Singh Bhullar alias Manjit Singh, was the son of a former Assistant Sub-Inspector from Punjab Police and was carrying a Rs 10 lakh reward.
He was wanted in over 40 instances involving murder, extortion, kidnapping, robbery, and smuggling across Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Himachal Pradesh.
He had managed to avoid capture for at least five years and is regarded as a master of covert mobility, rarely using a cell phone.
Two of his close aides were recently detained in Madhya Pradesh and were wanted in the murder case of two ASIs, according to Punjab Police officials. Jaipal was a promising hammer thrower at Speed Fund Academy in Ludhiana, a Punjab government sports training center. At the academy, he met another player-turned-small-time crook, Happy.
In July 2004, they abducted Chirag, a seven-year-old son of a Ludhiana cinema owner, in a dramatic kidnapping. He made contact with other gangsters in jail after his arrest. When Rajiv alias Raja arrived in 2006 for the loot and murder of three Ludhiana jewelers, Jaipal became especially close to him.
Jaipal and Raja linked up with Shera Khubban, a prominent and infamous mobster, and became partners in crime. Both assisted Raja in escaping from police custody at the Barnala bus station in January 2009.
They robbed a gun store in Hoshiarpur, stole money from Panchkula and Mohali banks, robbed a Chandigarh businessman and a BJP politician in Panchkula, and jacked several showy cars on the roads. The Panchkula Police apprehended Raja and other of the gang members in June 2009.
The Chandigarh Police nabbed Jaipal and his crew a month later. They were transported to 27 police stations in Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi on production warrants.
However, in the majority of cases, they were acquitted due to a lack of willing witnesses. They were released on bond in other cases.
Jaipal and his gang met Fazilka’s Rocky while incarcerated in Chandigarh’s Burail Prison. They formed a new group, but their personalities clashed.
In July 2010, a Chandigarh court acquitted Jaipal and his men. Shera Khubban and another mobster, Gurpreet Sekhon, led a powerful group that now smuggled drugs as well.
Rocky entered politics in the meantime, and it was said that he assisted cops in the capture or killing of a number of gangsters. In January 2015, Jaipal’s gang was also accused of murdering criminal Sukha Kahlon (Kahlwan).
He and Tirath Dhilwan, an ‘A-category’ criminal, planned the Banur van heist on May 2, 2017, in which six armed men fired gunshots and made off with Rs 1.33 crore. Jaipal pocketed most of the loot and only distributed Rs 20 lakh to the others associated with him.
He methodically planned and monitored the robbery of 30 kg of gold from an India Infoline Finance Limited (IIFL) branch in Ludhiana on February 17, 2020. As his associates held the IIFL staff at gunpoint and returned with 30kg of gold before fleeing, Jaipal was waiting in the car.