Notorious Punjab gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria tests positive for Covid-19

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Notorious Punjab gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, 29, on Tuesday tested positive for Covid-19 in Batala, where he was in police custody in connection with high-profile murder case of the Dhilwan Akali sarpanch.

Batala senior superintendent of police Opinderjit Singh said Bhagwanpuria’s samples were collected at the civil hospital in town during his medical check-up on May 2 and he had tested positive for coronavirus disease, according to Hindustan Times.

The SSP said that is not sure about the source of infection and has informed the civil surgeon.

A list of Bhagwanpuria’s direct and indirect contacts is being prepared. On the list are several police personnel, including DSP-rank officers, who have been quarantined and are being tested for the virus.

Earlier, Jaggu Bhagwanpuria was lodged in Patiala jail but was shifted to Batala. Batala police are questioning Jaggu Bhagwanpuria in the murder case of former Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) sarpanch, Dalbir Singh in Dhilwan village on November 18 last year, said a Globalpunjabitv report.

Bhagwanpuria was in the news last year after both Majithia and Randhawa accused each other of having links with him.

The Batala police had brought Bhagwanpuria, who was lodged in Patiala Central Jail, on production warrant for questioning in the murder case on April 30, following which he was questioned by the police.

The Tarn Taran police booked him for running a heroin smuggling racket while inside Patiala Central Jail. A recent dossier by the police’s Organised Crime Control Unit (OCCU) says that the jailed gangster has 33 accomplices in and outside Punjab who take orders from him.

Since 2011, Bhagwanpuria has 59 cases of murder, robbery, dacoity and snatching against him in various police stations of Punjab. Officials says his crime record is the worst in the state.

A native of Bhagwanpur village under Kotli Surat Mallian of Batala, the gangster’s original name is Jagdeep Singh, who started out as a small-time chain snatcher till 2011 when he came in contact with gangsters and was involved in heinous crimes.

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