Sidhu Moosewala murder investigation: Planning to kill Punjabi singer began in August last year, says Anti-Gangster Task Force chief

'Lawrence Bishnoi admits being mastermind in Moosewala killing'

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 23

Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi has admitted that he was the mastermind in Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala’s killing and was planning it since last August, Punjab Police ADGP Pramod Ban said on Thursday.

Ban, who is also the head of the Anti-Gangster Task Force, said another accused, Baldev alias Nikku, was arrested on Thursday.

Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, also known as Sidhu Moosewala, was shot dead in Punjab’s Mansa district on May 29, a day after the Punjab Government pruned the security cover of the singer and 423 people temporarily.

“We had recently arrested Lawrence Bishnoi in the case and his remand was extended till June 27. He has admitted that he was the mastermind (in Moosewala’s killing),” Ban said.

“The plan to carry out the killing was being hatched since August last year. According to our information, recce was done thrice. In January too, a different group of shooters had come to kill Moosewala but could not do so,” the ADGP said.

The head of the anti-gangster task force was addressing a press conference here to divulge latest developments in the Sidhu Moosewala murder case.

He also said a receipt dated May 25 from a Fatehabad-based petrol pump was found in the vehicle used in the killing of Moosewala which led the Punjab police to unveil the trail of events.

“From CCTV footage obtained from the Fatehabad petrol pump, we identified the accused Priyavrat, alias Fauji. We have arrested 13 people so far and the entire conspiracy has been unravelled,” Ban said.

A court in Mansa had extended the police remand of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi who was brought to the state by the Punjab Police from Delhi last week for questioning in the singer Sidhu Moosewala murder case.

The Delhi Police had arrested three persons, including two shooters in the case, officials had said on Monday adding that one of them was in touch with Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar at the time of the incident. —with PTI

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18:13 23 Jun
Punjab Police team is in Delhi to interrogate shooter Priyawarat, others: ADGP Ban

A Punjab Police team is in the National Capital for the questioning of arrested shooter Priyawarat and others who are in the custody of Delhi Police. The ADGP said no third degree was used on Bishnoi and some of his relatives were also allowed to meet him.

18:10 23 Jun
Lawrence admits to using mobile phone in Tihar Jail: Police

Lawrence has also admitted to using mobile phone in Tihar Jail. Since the murder, about 35 ransom calls in the name of Lawrence and Goldy Brar have been made but these were done by local criminals or conmen who made calls via Internet. Some calls originated from Jarkhand and MP, said the ADGP.

18:08 23 Jun
ADGP Ban reveals Bishnoi gang's motive behind Moosewala's murder

The motive behind the killing, as admitted by Lawrence Bishnoi, was to avenge young Akali leader Vicky Middukhera's murder. ADGP Ban said that as per police investigation, Moosewala's hand in Middu Khera's killing was not established. "This is just an assumption or suspicion by the Lawrence gang," he said.

18:05 23 Jun
Forensic report of weapons used in crime awaited: Police

We are waiting for forensic analysis of weapons recovered from shooters by Delhi Police to state if these  were used in Moosewala's killing or not, the ADGP said.

17:59 23 Jun
AGTF has busted 37 modules of gangsters so far: ADGP Ban

We are going full throttle after this gang. We have arrested 147 gangsters in total since the AGTF was formed. 37 modules of gangsters have been busted. More than 130 weapons of different make besides ammunition have been recovered, the ADGP said.

17:52 23 Jun
Police have got details of associates, weapons suppliers, financers: ADGP Ban

Ban said police have got details of associates, weapons suppliers, financers and others helping this gang in various activities. Different district police have arrested 19 persons, who are linked with this gang, he added.

17:50 23 Jun
Fake passports were used by Sachin and Anmol

Fake passports made outside Punjab were used by Sachin and Anmol. We have started proceedings for their extradition, says ADGP Ban.

17:47 23 Jun
Lawrence’s brother Anmol was sent abroad to mislead cops: Police

Lawrence had sent his brother Anmol abroad in April this year for his safety in the follow-up of the murder which was in the planning stage. Sachin Bishnoi was already abroad. After the murder, Sachin gave an interview to a media channel, claiming he had shot at Moosewala. "This was aimed to mislead the police," said Ban, adding that "the idea was that the police would search Sachin and others will escape easily."

17:44 23 Jun
At least three recce were done

The planning to kill Moosewala began in August last year. At least three recce were done prior to the murder. In January, another group of shooters had visited the Moosewala’s place.

17:41 23 Jun
Gangster Bishnoi has confessed to hatching conspiracy: ADGP

Disclosing questioning of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, ADGP Ban said he has confessed to hatching the conspiracy with Brar, Sachin Bishnoi (Thapan) and Lawrence's younger brother Anmol.

17:40 23 Jun
Both accused conducted recce of the area and kept on updating the shooters

Nikku, along with Kekda, is a key cog in the conspiracy. Both conducted recce of the area, followed Moosewala and gave signal to the waiting shooters in Bolero and other cars besides calling Goldy Brar and Sachin Bishnoi to give them real-time updates.

17:36 23 Jun
Accused Kekda and Baldev Nikku reported Moosewala's movement

ADGP Pramod Ban said accused Kekda and Baldev Nikku saw Moosewala coming out of his house sans police security, took selfies with him, and reported his movement real time via video call to Goldy Brar and Sachin Bishnoi.

17:33 23 Jun
Punjab Police arrest one more person

The Punjab Police have arrested one more person in connection with the killing of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, ADGP Pramod Ban, head of Anti-Gangster Task Force, announced at a press conference on Thursday.

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