Sidhu Moosewala murder case: Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar, the alleged mastermind behind the murder of Sidhu Moosewala, on May 28 had informed his gang’s sharpshooters that the Punjab government has trimmed the security cover provided to the singer-politician and asked them to hurry up and execute the killing, the Punjab Police has said in an 1,850-page chargesheet filed in the case.
Moosewala, whose real name was Shubhdeep Singh Sindhu, was killed in a hail of bullets the day after when he was travelling in a jeep withbhis cousin and a friend. Immediately after the killing Goldy Brar had claimed responsibility for the murder.
“Goldy Brar gave the news of withdrawal of security of Sidhu Moosewala to shooters on May 28 and asked shooters to hurry up on May 29, after which Priyavart Fauji, Keshav Kumar, Ankit Sersa, Deepak Mundi and Kashish alias Kuldeep came with a (Mahindra) Bolero car from Faridabad side and Manpreet Singh Manna and Jagroop Singh alias Roopa came with with their (Toyota) Corolla car and weapons from Mansa,” reads the chargesheet filed in a Mansa court on August 26.
The security cover of Moosewala, who was shot dead on Sunday, was halved from four personnel to two by the Punjab government on May 26, in a pruning exercise carried out by the Punjab Police. He was among 424 VIPs who were stripped of their security partially or fully. The Bhagwant Mann-led Aam Adami Party government had claimed credit for withdrawing security by tweeting that it “was an attack on the VIP culture”.
In a tweet that it had shared from its official handle, the Punjab AAP had singled out the names of Moosewala along with that of Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpeet Singh. Many office bearers of AAP had shared the tweet on social media inviting sharp reactions from the Opposition parties. Later, following a Punjab and Haryana High Court order, the state government had to the revert the decision on pruning the security.
Moosewala did not take the two remaining commandos with him when the incident happened. He also was not riding his bullet-proof vehicle.
The Punjab Police, however, has not investigated if there was any link between the murder and making information of security withdrawal public.
In the chargesheet, police have named Goldy Brar as the “mastermind” and added that he “executed the plan to take revenge for the murder of Vicky Middukhera”.
A Youth Akali Dal leader, Middukhera was shot dead in August last year in a market in Mohali. The police had arrested three shooters who were allegedly hired by the killers, and during their questioning, the name of Shaganpreet Singh had cropped up. Shaganpreet used to be Moosewala’s manager but had left the country and is suspected to be in Australia. The Mohali police had also issued a Lookout Corner (LOC) notice against it.
“Goldy Brar coordinated with Lawrence Bishnoi, Sachin Bhiwani, Anmol Bishnoi, Sachin Bishnoi, Monu Dangar, Pawan Kumar Bishnoi, Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, and shooters and provided weapons, money, shelter, cars, phones, and sim cards. He used (messaging app) signal to communicate with the other accused,” reads the chargesheet.
Unlike Goldy Brar, police have not mentioned Lawrence Bishnoi as mastermind. The investigators have used the alleged confessional video of Goldy Brar to name Lawrence Bishnoi as an accused.
Apart from the video, police also mentioned the “press note issued by the Delhi Special Cell, which has also mentioned that Lawrence Bishnoi took responsibility for killing Moosewala”.
“Bishnoi, Bhagwanpuria and Deepak Tinu have remained in jail together. Name of Bishnoi has appeared in the statement of the plaintiff and the witness. Bishnoi in connivance with Goldy Brar and other accomplices prepared the plan to kill Moosewala and gave all the responsibility to Goldy Brar and provided vehicles and weapons to the shooters. He has directly helped kill Moosewala,” reads the chargesheet.
While Punjab Police has named 36 accused, it has filed chargesheet against 24 people. Of the 36 people named in the FIR, five were added on August 25, a day before chargesheet was filled. A total of 20 people have been arrested so far, while two – Manpreet Singh Monu and Jagrup Singh Rupa – were killed in a police encounter in Amritsar’s Bhakhna village.
The chargesheet has been filed against the accused under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 341 (wrongful restraint), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 427 (mischief), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 109 (abets any offence), 473 (possessing counterfeit seal), 212 (harbouring offender), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections of the Arms Act.
The police has named 146 witnesses in the chargesheet and 60 articles of evidences. It has also shown recovery of seven pistols, seven mobile phones and four vehicles, including the Toyota Corolla and Mahindra Bolero cars used in the crime.