A day after taking the custody of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, Punjab Police has shared the current status of the murder case of Shubhdeep Singh @ Sidhu Moosewala, renowned Punjabi singer, by disclosing all facts.
Sidhu was attacked with firearms by unknown assailants on 29-05-2022 at Village Jawaharke District Mansa. Shubhdeep Singh died on the way to the hospital and two of his friends were injured in the shootout. A case FIR No. 103, Dt. 29-05-2022 u/s 302, 307, 341, 148, 149, 427, 120B IPC & 25 Arms
Act PS City 1 Mansa, District Mansa has been registered and a Special Investigation Team has been constituted under Jaskaran Singh, IPS, IGP, PAP to conduct a thorough probe into the incident and investigate the aforementioned case in a scientific and professional manner. The other members of SIT are:
Gurmeet Singh Chauhan, IPS, AIG, AGTF
Gaurav Toora, IPS, SSP, Mansa
Dharamveer Singh, PPS, SP, Investigation, Mansa
Vishawajeet Singh, DSP, Investigation, Bathinda
Prithipal Singh, Incharge, CIA Mansa.
The SIT is working under the overall supervision of the Additional Director General of Police, Anti Gangster Task Force, Punjab.
Facts of the Case
Sidhu Moosewala had left his house at around 05:00 PM in the evening of May 29th in a Mahindra Thar vehicle along with his two friends, Gurwinder Singh & Gurpreet Singh to visit his close relative in a nearby village. Since Sidhu Moosewala was facing a threat he had been allotted two gunmen by the orders of the security wing, Punjab Police accordingly Constable Vipandeep Singh No. 9/521 and Constable Baljinder Singh 7/568 were detailed for his protection. However, on the 29th of May, he had left them at his house informing them that he will be back home in a short while.
He was driving the Thar Jeep and his friend Gurpreet was sitting on his left and Gurwinder was sitting on the rear seat. As the vehicle came out of the house there were some of his fans waiting outside his gate and he stopped for a short while and clicked selfies with some of the fans. Thereafter, he drove his Jeep towards Jawaharke village. His jeep was followed by a Toyota Corolla car and a white Bolero Jeep. When they reached Jawaharke Village, his Thar Jeep slowed down after taking a sharp turn, immediately a Toyota corolla car hit the Thar Jeep and forcibly stopped it, immediately armed assailants started indiscriminate firing on Sidhu and his friends. Their accomplices in the Bolero jeep also fired shots on Sidhu and his friends. Thereafter, the assailants escaped on their vehicles towards village Khara Barnala. During the incident, the door of the Toyota corolla had got damaged therefore the assailants in the Toyota corolla stopped a White Alto car and at gunpoint forcibly snatched the Alto and escaped towards Khara Barnala village followed by the white Bolero Jeep. However, the Bolero jeep was found abandoned near Khayala village about 13 km from the place of the incident.
Sidhu along with his friends was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead and two other injured were referred to DMC, Ludhiana.
After the incident, an FIR was lodged on the statement of his father Balkaur Singh, who alleged that his son has been killed on the instructions of Lawrence Bishnoi, a known gangster and his gang members.
After the incident, several Facebook profiles under the names of Lawrence Bishnoi, Goldy Brar, Sachin Thapan etc. claimed responsibility for the killing of the Punjabi singer as revenge for the murders of Vicky Midhukhera and Gurlal Brar.
The scene of the crime was visited by senior officers. From the inspection of the abandoned vehicles used in the crime, several important pieces of evidence were collected and teams were given the task to develop the leads.
One of the important leads was the recovery of a Petrol Pump receipt that was used to fill diesel from a petrol pump near Fatehabad on 25-05- 2022. A team was dispatched to the petrol station of Fatehabad to gather the CCTV Footage of that day. The same was procured and one of the persons who is suspected to be a shooter was later identified as Priyawarat of Sonipat. The CCTV footage was also procured from the route taken by the Bolero before and after the filling of the diesel at the Petrol Pump station. Similarly, the ownership of the Bolero was traced with the help of the engine number and chassis number.
The white Alto which was snatched by the accused after the incident was found to have been abandoned on 30-05-2022 at 03:30 AM near Dharamkot in the Moga district. The CCTV footage was collected and the route taken by the accused was identified.
Regarding the Toyota Corolla used in the incident the registration number of the Toyota Corolla car was found to be genuine and the owner was identified. However, the person on whose name an affidavit of purchase was recovered was not the actual owner but had given his Aadhaar Card to Manpreet Singh @ Manna of Talwandi (gangster linked to Goldy Brar), who is lodged in Ferozepur Jail.
Based on input by AGTF, it was suspected that the Toyota corolla car was being used by Manpreet Singh @ Bhau, a relative of above said Manpreet Singh @ Manna. On checking the present whereabouts of Manpreet @ Bhau it was learned that he was in the area of Haridawar, Uttarakhand. Accordingly, a team was dispatched and Manpreet Singh @ Bhau was arrested on 30-05-2022 from Chamoli, Uttarakhand. Manpreet Bhau revealed that he delivered the corolla car on the directions of Manpreet Singh @ Manna to two persons provided by Saraj Mintu, who are believed to be a part of the group of shooters, who carried out the crime.
On the directions of AGTF, Manpreet @ Manna was taken on a production warrant on 31-05-2022. He disclosed that he had provided a Toyota Corolla car to Manpreet Bhau, who further delivered the car to two persons, suspected to be the shooters, on the directions of Saraj Mintu, who is a close aide of Goldy Brar and Sachin Thapan.
Similarly, on the directions of AGTF, Saraj Mintu, a resident of Amritsar (an associate of Jaggu Bhagwanpuria) was taken production warrant on 31-05-2022 from Bathinda Jail. During his interrogation, he revealed that he directed Manpreet @ Bhau to provide the car to two of his men, Manu Kusa r/o Village Kussa, Moga and Jagroop Singh @ Roopa r/o Village Rumana, Amritsar Rural who were suspected to be the real shooters, on the directions of Goldy Brar (currently in Canada) and Sachin Thapan r/o Dattarnwali District Fazilka.