Moose Wala murder accused approached by Lawrence Bishnoi gang to carry out killing of Salman Khan: Punjab DGP

Trio accused were nabbed near Kharibari police station in Darjeeling district of West Bengal and brought to Punjab by air, late Saturday night by a Punjab police team.

Rajesh MoudgilUpdated: Sunday, September 11, 2022, 09:29 PM IST
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Gangster Kapil Pandit, one of the three accused arrested on Saturday from the Nepal border in connection with singer Sidhu Moose Wala's murder case, had also been approached by Lawrence Bishnoi gang to carry out the killing of the Bollywood actor Salman Khan, Punjab DGP Gaurav Yadav, held on Sunday.

Trio accused were nabbed near Kharibari police station in Darjeeling district of West Bengal and brought to Punjab by air, late Saturday night by a Punjab police team.

Elaborating upon the arrests made through a joint Op by Punjab police, Delhi police and Central agencies, DGP Yadav said that with the arrest of the main shooter Deepak Mundi in the Sidhu Moose Wala murder case along with his two aides - Kapil Pandit and Rajinder alias Joker on Saturday, the entire conspiracy and modus operandi as well as the link-ups of these gangsters stood revealed.

Stating that the trio were nabbed while they were attempting to escape to Nepal, he said that Mundi was the main assassin who fired indiscriminately at Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala on May 29, last. The singer was killed at the behest of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang to avenge the killing of Vicky Middukhera, he added.

With these arrests, the total number of arrests in the Sidhu Moose Wala Murder case was 23, while two shooters, Manpreet Singh alias Manu Kussa and Jagroop Singh alias Roopa, were killed during an encounter in Bhakna village of Amritsar. Other shooters arrested earlier were Priyavrat Fauji, Kashish and Ankit Sersa.

After killing Sidhu Moose Wala, Mundi and Kapil stayed together and constantly shifted their locations on the directions of Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar, the main conspirator, in Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, UP and West Bengal. Joker, who was already stationed in Nepal, had come to West Bengal to facilitate the entry of Mundi and Kapil to take them to a safe house in Nepal where the two were to get their fake passports in Nepal or Thailand, the DGP added.

Kapil Pandit had jumped parole in 2021 that he had got to attend the last rites of his mother and was absconding since for the murder of a person from his native village Bewad in district Churu, Rajasthan.

DGP Yadav further held that it was then that Kapil was approached by Lawrence Bishnoi gang through Sampat Nehra and Goldy Brar to carry out the killing of the Bollywood actor Salman Khan, adding that Kapil along with other gangsters namely Sachin Bishnoi and Santosh Yadav was asked to carry out the recce to plan the strategy to kill Salman Khan.

Meanwhile, the trio accused were sent to six-day police remand by the Mansa court on Sunday.

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