Salman Khan Residence Firing Case: Accused Anuj Thapan Dies By Suicide In Police Custody

Salman Khan Residence Firing Case: Accused Anuj Thapan Dies By Suicide In Police Custody

A police officer revealed that Anuj committed suicide in the bathroom of the Crime Branch lockup. The case of Anuj Thapan's suicide in Mumbai Crime Branch lockup will be investigated by the state CID and the team reached the spot for investigation.

Ashish Singh Vishal SinghUpdated: Wednesday, May 01, 2024, 11:16 PM IST
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Salman Khan Residence Firing Case: Accused Anuj Thapan Dies By Suicide In Police Custody |

Mumbai: An accused in the case of firing outside actor Salman Khan's Galaxy Apartment committed suicide in police custody on Wednesday. The accused, Anuj Thapan, had supplied weapons for the firing outside the actor's residence.

A police officer revealed that Anuj committed suicide in the bathroom of the Crime Branch lockup. The case of Anuj Thapan's suicide in Mumbai Crime Branch lockup will be investigated by the state CID and the team reached the spot for investigation.

According to police sources, at around 11 AM, the accused Thapan went to the lockup bathroom. During this time, around 12:30 PM, when the police officer assigned to lockup duty went for checking, he saw that Thapan had committed suicide in the lockdown bathroom. He used a cloth carpet to hang himself from the bathroom window of the lockup.

The policeman informed the senior officers that Thapan had hanged himself, after which Thapan was immediately rushed to the nearby Gokuldas Tejpal (GT) Hospital where doctors declared him dead.

A police officer revealed that in the lockup where Thapan committed suicide, a total of 10 suspects were detained, out of which 2 suspects who were arrested by another unit were taken away. The 2 suspects, identified as Vicky Gupta and Sagar Pal in the Salman Khan firing case, were taken for questioning by the crime branch officers.

At the time, there were a total of 6 suspects in the lockup. The officer mentioned that on Wednesday morning, all the detainees in the lockup were served tea and breakfast, and Thapan also had breakfast in the morning.

Police officials said that the area from the lockup to the bathroom entry is under CCTV surveillance, but there is no CCTV inside the bathroom where he hanged himself. A week ago, the police arrested two accused from Punjab while taking action. This included 37-year-old Sonu Subhash Bishnoi and 32-year-old Anuj Thapan.

According to information, Anuj was in contact with the Lawrence Bishnoi gang. He worked as a truck helper. Mumbai Crime Branch recovered a pistol and some live cartridges from the Tapi River in Surat. The Crime Branch claims that these were the same weapons used for the firing at Salman Khan's house on April 14. Crime Branch officials said that Gupta and Pal were provided with weapons by Bishnoi and Thapan.

According to the police, these weapons were supplied by Anuj and Subhash. Anuj and Subhash had provided two country-made pistols and cartridges to the accused Vicky and Sagar who opened fire. Thapan already has several cases registered against him under Arms Act and extortion.

This is the third incident of suicide in lockup in the last 9 months. Earlier, on September 8, 2023, Vikram Atwal, a 40-year-old housekeeping staffer at a residential society in Marol (Powai), reportedly died by suicide while in police custody in Andheri. Earlier, on September 3, Atwal was alleged to have killed air hostess Rupal Ogrey at her flat in Marol, Mumbai, before taking his own life in the bathroom.

On July 28th, Deepak Jadhav, aged 28, who was arrested in connection with a murder case, allegedly took his own life inside the Borivali General Police lock-up. Jadhav, a resident of Borivali West, was transferred to Yerwada Jail after being arrested by the Bharati Vidyapeeth Police Station in Pune in connection with the murder case. Borivali police had detained Jadhav in connection with a case of assault with the court's permission and he was kept in the general police lock-up until July 28th as per the court's orders. However, before his next court appearance, he allegedly committed suicide. The motive behind this alleged suicide is still unclear.

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