Zirakpur shoot-out: Allure of glitzy life led 3 youths to the murky world of crime, gangsters

Driving to sophisticated discotheques in Chandigarh in sleek SUVs, decked head-to-toe in premium designer wear, the three youths who took part in the July 17 shootout in Zirakpur felt like silver-screen gangsters. That prompted him to embrace a life of crime.

The arrested youths – Ashish Rana, 18, Vishal Kumar, 18, and Ranbir Singh alias Rania, 24 – told the police that they joined notorious gangster Bhuppi Rana’s organization as they were influenced by gangster films. Shown leading and the fear they inspired.

Rana said he was “on top of the world” while blackmailing important people and extorting money, adding, “We come from a middle-class family and want to live a rich life like gangsters in movies.”

“After we became gang members, we used to go to Chandigarh’s Elante Mall to buy branded clothes and order expensive scotches at bars and discotheques. We also got a lot of female attention,” Kumar said.

District level athlete was shot by the police

Despite feeling invincible, this teenager, who once had a promising future, is behind bars and his third partner in crime, a district-level athlete, Rania, is recovering from gunshot wounds sustained during a shootout with the police at the government medical. College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Bikramjit Singh Brar said, “Prior to her arrest, Rania was pursuing her master’s degree in a college in Panchkula. He was a district level athlete and used to run in 100 m race. Every day he practiced at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula. Rana is a class 11 student and Kumar appeared for class 12 this year. They had easy access to money and were confident that they could outwit the police.

“Three of them had latest models of guns and were inspired by Punjabi songs promoting gun culture,” he said.

Vikas Arora’s character is a jailed gangster under the lens

The role of gangster Vikas Arora in Ambala jail is being investigated. It is suspected that the jailed robbers, with the help of the arrested robbers, were running the extortion racket from the jail itself. “We will get a production warrant soon and question them,” the DSP said.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Vivek Sheel Soni said, “The accused have named some others. The robbers running the extortion racket will be arrested soon.

The arrested gangsters were working at the behest of Ankit Rana, cousin of gangster Bhuppi Rana, who is in Patiala jail. He was the main conspirator in the August 2021 assassination of youth Akali Dal leader Vikramjit Singh Middukhera in Mohali.


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