Gangster wanted in Punjab shot dead in Canada’s Winnipeg

File image of Gangster Sukha Duneke
File image of Gangster Sukha Duneke

An accused Bambiha gang ally named Sukhdool Singh Gill, also known as Sukha Duneke, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Winnipeg, Canada, on Wednesday. In Punjab, Duneke was sought after in relation to extortion, murder, and murder attempts.

Police in Punjab claim that Duneke escaped to Canada in 2017 and has been operating an extortion ring ever since. His name appeared on a list of 40 people whose involvement in terrorism-related activities was purportedly revealed by the NIA on Tuesday.

According to authorities, the Lawrence Bishnoi and Goldy Brar gangs are rivals with the Bambiha gang, which Duneke was supposedly associated with.

Additionally, Duneke is charged with the murder of Kabaddi player Sandeep Naggal Ambian, who was shot and killed in March 2022 in Punjab’s Mallian village during a game of the sport. He was accused of giving the murderers’ hideout in a relative’s house in Amritsar.

Two Punjab police officers were named in a FIR filed in June of last year for allegedly assisting Duneke in obtaining a passport. The Punjab Police’s Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) gave the order to file the FIR.

According to an investigation, two police officers who submitted Duneke’s police verification report and criminal history in 2017 when he applied for a passport were reportedly irresponsible in their duties and failed to disclose all the charges that had been filed against him.

Even though he was then charged in seven criminal instances, the police allegedly only cited five of them while omitting the two where he was deemed a proclaimed offender.

In a letter dated June 11, 2022 to the Moga police, the Anti-Gangster Task Force stated, “According to reliable information, Sukhdoor Singh Gill was able to obtain an Indian passport as a result of the police officials’ negligence in failing to disclose Sukhdoor Singh Gill’s criminal history in the police verification report for issuing the passport. It is necessary to file a criminal complaint against Gill and the police officers.