Hours after the murder of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala on Sunday, 29 May, the Punjab police said that Canada-based gangster Lawrence Bishnoi's gang was responsible for the attack.
The confirmation by the police comes soon after Canada-based gangster Satinder Singh, alias Goldy Brar, took responsibility for the killing. Brar, a close associate of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, said that his module in Punjab carried out the attack on Moose Wala.
"Lawrence Bishnoi gang is involved in this murder. Lucky, member of the gang has taken responsibility from Canada," Punjab DGP VK Bhawra told the media.
Later, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Faridkot Range, Pradeep Kumar Yadav, informed, "The attackers have left their car. Teams are after them. We are hopeful that they will be arrested soon. SIT has been constituted to arrest the culprits. We have got some important leads and investigation is underway."
In two separate posts on their purported Facebook pages, Bishnoi and Brar had claimed responsibility for the murder of the Punjabi singer.
The Quint has not been able to independently confirm their authenticity. However, Punjab Police had earlier told The Quint that they had taken note of the two Facebook posts and were trying to establish their veracity.
Brar was the main conspirator of the killing of youth Congress leader, Gurlal Singh Pehalwan, in Faridkot in February 2021. An open-ended non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against the gangster by a Faridkot court in March 2021.
'Moose Wala Didn't Take Along Two Commandos Assigned for Security': DGP
Though this came a day after the Punjab Police curtailed the security of 424 individuals in the Aam Aadmi Party's crackdown on 'VIP culture,' the police told the media that Moose Wala had not taken his bullet-proof vehicle and his armed security official at the time of the attack.
"He had four commandos from Punjab Police out of which two were taken back but he was having two commandos which Moose Wala didn't take along with him today," DGP VK Bhawra said in the media address.
"Sidhu Moose Wala had a private bulletproof car that he didn't take with him," he added.
He further said that on the orders of CM Mann, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) will be formed to probe the matter.
"Three weapons were used. SSP Mansa and SSP Bathinda have been deployed there. ADG law and order has mobilised additional forces," DGP Bhawra said.
Gaurav Toora, SSP, Mansa earlier said that Moose Wala was brought dead to the hospital.
"Two cars intercepted Sidhu Moose Wala's car. Heavy firing followed in which Sidhu Moose Wala received multiple bullet injuries. Two persons present with him were hurt and have been referred to Patiala for further treatment," he said, as quoted by ANI.
"An FIR is being registered. We will take immediate action against the gangster and persons involved," he added.