The Punjab Police Saturday arrested the sixth and the last shooter involved in the killing of singer Sidhu Moosewala. Of the other five shooters, three have already been arrested while two were gunned down in an encounter. Deepak Mundi, along with two of his associates, was arrested in a joint operation with the Delhi Police and central agencies from the West Bengal-Nepal border, Punjab Director General of Police Gaurav Yadav said. They were brought to Punjab in the evening.
Mundi’s associates have been identified as Kapil Pandit and Rajinder. They are accused of providing logistic support and weapons to the shooters.
Terming it as “a major victory in war against drugs and gangsters”, the DGP said the major breakthrough in Moosewala murder case was made by the Punjab Police, in a joint operation with the central agencies and Delhi Police. “Deepak, Kapil Pandit and Rajinder have been arrested by the anti-gangster task force in the culmination of intelligence-based operation. Deepak was the shooter in the Bolero module, while Kapil and Rajinder provided logistical support including weapons & hideouts,” the DGP said in a tweet.
Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, popularly known as Sidhu Moosewala, was shot dead in Punjab’s Mansa district on May 29, soon after the state police had pruned his security cover on a temporary basis.
He, along with his friend and cousin, was driving to Jawahar Ke village in Mansa when six shooters in two cars waylaid his vehicle and sprayed bullets into him. After the killing, Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar, who is a member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, had claimed responsibility for the murder.
Police had identified six shooters — Priyavrat Fauji, Kashish, Ankit Sersa, Deepak Mundi, Manpreet Singh and Jagrup Singh Roopa — who were part of the two modules allegedly involved in the killing.
While the special cell of the Delhi Police had nabbed Fauji, Kashish and Sersa, the Punjab Police neutralised Roopa and Manpreet in an encounter in Amritsar.
In an 1,850-page chargesheet filed in a Mansa court last month, the Punjab Police had said Brar had coordinated with gangsters Bishnoi, Jaggu Bhagwanpuria and some others to execute Moosewala’s killing. According to the chargesheet, Brar had given the information on Moosewala’s security withdrawal to the shooters and had asked them to hurry up and kill him.
The Canada-based gangster had executed the murder plan to avenge the killing of Akali youth leader Vicky Middukhera, who was killed last year. The name of Shaganpreet Singh, who was said to be Moosewala’s manager, had figured in Middukhera’s murder.
The chargesheet included Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 341 (wrongful restraint), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) of the Indian Penal Code and also the Arms Act.
With PTI inputs