Two of the most-wanted members from the Lawrence Bishnoi-Goldy Brar gang alliance have been arrested, including one of the 'main' shooters accused of gunning down Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala, the Delhi Police Special Cell said on Monday, 4 July.
The two, identified as Ankit (19) and Sachin Bhiwani (25), were arrested near the Kashmere Gate Bus Stand in Delhi at around 11:05 pm on Sunday, the Delhi Police said. On 4 July, a Delhi court remanded the two in five-day police custody.
Ankit was reportedly one of the shooters who killed Moose Wala, besides being involved in two other attempt-to-murder cases in Rajasthan.
The police also said that Ankit was ambidextrous and fired simultaneously from two pistols. He was also the closest to Moose Wala's car during the shootout.
"Ankit Sirsa, the youngest shooter and the most desperate, who fired with both hands at Sidhu Moosewala, and Sachin Bhiwani, who provided crucial support – hideouts, weapons, etc – were arrested,” said HGS Dhaliwal, Special CP, Delhi Police.
Sachin Chaudhary, alias Sachin Bhiwani, was reportedly handling the operations of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang in Rajasthan and is said to have harboured four of the eight shooters in the case.
He also has a case registered against him in Churu, Rajasthan.
Punjab Police Uniforms, 2 Pistols Retrieved
The police said that they retrieved two pistols along with cartridges, three Punjab Police uniforms, and two mobile handsets with a dongle and a sim card from the arrested persons.
It also added that after the killing, the shooters kept changing their hideouts from one state to another. The police's investigation further revealed that the "criminal nexus" had been using end-to-end encrypted chat platforms to communicate with each other and members of criminal gangs.
The singer-politician was fatally shot on 29 May by unidentified men near Jawaharke village in Punjab's Mansa district.
The police have made multiple arrests since Moose Wala's murder.
Viral Video Shows Murder Accused Brandishing Guns
A purported video of the accused in the Moose Wala murder case, which has been widely shared on social media, shows the men brandishing guns inside a car.
According to NDTV, the video is of the accused reportedly celebrating with their weapons, allegedly after the crime. The Quint has not independently verified the video.
Jagdeep Bhagwanpuria Arrested
Meanwhile, the Punjab Police arrested gangster Jagdeep Bhagwanpuria from Delhi in connection with the Moose Wala's murder.
Two of the shooters who killed Moose Wala allegedly belonged to Bhagwanpuria's gang.
Bhagwanpuria, 38, hails from Punjab's Bhagwanpur village and is said to be close to gangster Lawrence Bishnoi.
Two 'Main Shooters' Nabbed by Police
Earlier, the Delhi Police nabbed the two "main shooters" who allegedly gunned down Moose Wala in Punjab's Mansa on 29 May.
One of the shooters named Priyavrat, alias Fauji, was in contact with Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar, the right-hand man of Bishnoi, as per the police.
Fauji was nabbed along with another shooter named Kashish, alias Kuldeep, from Gujarat's Kutch district.
Another accused, a facilitator named Keshav Kumar, was also arrested. Kumar allegedly accompanied the shooters to Punjab's Mansa on the day of the murder, and later during reconnaissance. He also received the shooters in an Alto car after the incident.
The police had also found a consignment of weapons, including eight grenades, nine electric detonators, three pistols, and one assault rifle.
Fauji and Kashish are among the eight shooters who have been charged with the popular Punjabi singer's murder.