Punjab police on Tuesday claimed that its teams had arrested eight persons for providing logistic support, conducting recce and harbouring the shooters who killed popular Punjabi Singer Shubhdeep Singh aka Sidhu Moosewala on May 29.
Moosewala, who left his house at around 4.30 pm on that day along with two persons, Gurwinder Singh, his neighbour and Gurpreet Singh, his cousin, was shot dead by some unidentified persons in his ancestral village Jawaharke, district Mansa while he driving his Mahindra Thar vehicle.
The Punjab police in its first official release to the media since the sensational murder said that those arrested till date were identified as Sandeep Singh alias Kekda of Sirsa, Haryana, Manpreet Singh alias Manna of Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda, Manpreet Bhau of Dhaipai, Faridkot, Saraj Mintu of village Dode Kalsia, Amritsar, Prabhdeep Sidhu alias Pabbi of Takhat-Mall, Haryana, Monu Dagar of village Rewli in Sonipat, Haryana, Pawan Bishnoi and Naseeb, both residents of Fatehabad, Haryana. The Police have also identified four shooters involved in the crime.
The additional director general of police (ADGP) anti-gangster task force, Parmod Ban, said that Sandeep alias Kekda, on the directions of gangsters Goldy Brar and Sachin Thapan, had kept a tab on the singer’s movements by impersonating himself as his fan. "Kekda also clicked selfies with the singer, when the latter was leaving his home minutes before his murder," he added.
Ban said that Manpreet Manna had provided a Toyota Corolla car to Manpreet Bahu, who further delivered the car to two persons, suspected to be the shooters, on the directions of Saraj Mintu, who is a close aide of gangsters Goldy Brar and Sachin Thapan.
The ADGP further said that the fifth accused Pabbi had provided shelter to two associates of Goldy Brar, who had come from Haryana as early as January 2022, itself and also got conducted a recce of Sidhu Moosewala’s home and surrounding areas through them.
Monu Dagar had provided two shooters and helped assemble the team of shooters to carry out this murder under the direction of Goldy Brar.
Pawan Bishnoi and Naseeb had handed over Balero's vehicle to shooters and also provided them hideout, Ban said.