Sidhu Moose Wala case:Pune connections of Lawrence Bishnoi gang

 The arrest  and subsequent interrogation of Siddhesh Hiraman Kamle, alias Mahakal, in the Sidhu Moose Wala case  has  made some  startling revelations. It has not only helped the investigators to identify at least six of the shooters involved in the dastardly killing of the Punjabi singer but also revealed how far  the tentacles of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang have spread.

Siddhesh Hiraman Kamle, alias Mahakal, was arrested from his hometown, Pune, in a joint operation between the Delhi police and  the Maharashtra Police in a case under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.

After interrogation of Mahakal, the Delhi Police has  claimed to identify six shooters allegedly involved in the murder of popular Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala.

While hatching the conspiracy the Lawrence Bishnoi Gang, sources in police said, left nothing to chance. It organised not only best of the vehicles, arms and ammunition but also best of the shooters to make the operation “fool proof”.

HS Dhaliwal, Special Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, told media that the singer’s death was an organised and brazen killing. The police, he said, had issued eight pictures of the suspects as six of the shooters have been identified. Out of them, the role of four in the murder, which took place in Punjab’s Mansa last month, has been established. 

The Delhi Police corroborated the Punjab police claim that  gangster Lawrence Bishnoi was the mastermind behind the murder.

Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Mansa district on May 29, a day after the state government withdrew his security cover.  

He was on the wheel in a Mahindra Thar SUV when the assailants, believed to be 10-12, fired more than 20 rounds at point-blank range at the singer and his two friends, who got grievous injuries.

Only yesterday, Interpol had issued a Red Corner Notice (RCN) for Goldy Brar, a Canada-based activist of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang suspected to be the main motivator behind the Sidhu Moose Wala killing.

Now the onus is on the National Central Bureau (NCB) Ottawa to take any further action for apprehending Goldy Brar and handing over his custody to Indian police.

In Canada, NCB is the central connection between Canadian authorities and other INTERPOL member countries who require assistance for criminal investigations linked to Canada or for Canadian citizens.

The NCB provides national law enforcement with access to INTERPOL’s policing tools and services, including Canada’s wide range of global criminal databases.

It is a crucial frontline responder for law enforcement matters ranging from urgent public safety issues to ‘next of kin’ notifications.

Sitting structurally in the International Policing Branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the NCB is staffed by police officers from a wide range of national law enforcement agencies, in addition to civilian and public service employees.

NCB Ottawa has made INTERPOL’s databases accessible to more than 66,000 officers from 380 police and law enforcement agencies across the country. This network expansion is part of a strategy to boost national security and prevent criminal activity in Canada.

Only yesterday, the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has sought the help of the Canadian government in apprehending gangsters operating in Punjab while living in Canada. The Punjab police has also reportedly moved a requisition through CBI and the Central Ministries of Home and external Affairs to seek immediate extradition of Goldy Brar.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Police has detained two  more key suspects in the Sidhu Moose Wala murder case. One of them is suspected to be linked to the supply of weapons to the killers.

Sources in the police not only confirmed the latest arrests but also revelations made by the arrested persons during interrogation.  The latest arrests of Keshav and Charanjit Singh, alias Chetan Sandhu, hopes the police will help in unravelling the entire conspiracy behind the killing.

Both  are alleged drug addicts and belong to Bathinda. While revealing their roles, sources in the police said that Keshav allegedly collected weapons from  a village on the Indo-Pakistan border in Amritsar and supplied them to the killers.

Chetan was with Sandeep Singh, alias Kekda, who took selfies with Moose Wala outside the singer’s house on the day of the murder. Chetan is also seen with Kekda in CCTV footage procured by the police. After this, Kekda reportedly left on a bike while Chetan got into the Corolla car used by the sharpshooters at Musa village on the day of the crime. The police had searched Keshav’s house for the past two days. His mother and sister told the police that Keshav had not returned home since May 24.

Keshav is also facing trial for the murder of one Lalit of Paras Ram Nagar, who was shot dead near the Bathinda Improvement Trust office in 2020. Keshav while being lodged in Ferozepur jail came in contact with Manpreet Singh, alias Manna, who is accused of providing a Corolla car to Moose Wala’s assassins through another accused, Manpreet Bahu.