On May 28, Canadian mobster Goldy Brar, the alleged mastermind of the murder of Sidhu Moosewala, informed his gang’s snipers that the Punjab government had reduced the security cover provided to the singer-politician and asked them to hurry up and execute the murder. , Punjab Police said in an 1,850-page indictment filed in the case.
Moosewala, real name Shubhdeep Singh Sindhu, was killed in a hail of bullets the following day while traveling in a jeep with his cousin and a friend. Immediately after the murder, Goldy Brar claimed responsibility for the murder.
“Goldy Brar announced the removal of security from Sidhu Moosewala to the shooters on May 28 and asked the shooters to hurry on May 29, after which Priyavart Fauji, Keshav Kumar, Ankit Sersa, Deepak Mundi and Kashish alias Kuldeep came with a (Mahindra) Bolero car from Faridabad side and Manpreet Singh Manna and Jagroop Singh alias Roopa came with their (Toyota) Corolla car and weapons from Mansa,” reads the indictment filed in court. of Mansa on August 26.
The security cover of Moosewala, who was shot down on Sunday, was halved from four to two by the Punjab government on May 26, during a pruning exercise conducted by the Punjab Police. He was among 424 VIPs who were stripped of their security partially or totally. The Aam Adami Party government led by Bhagwant Mann had claimed responsibility for the removal of security, tweeting that it was “an attack on VIP culture”.
In a tweet he shared from his official handle, the Punjab AAP distinguished the names of Moosewala with that of Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpeet Singh. Many members of the AAP office had shared the tweet on social media prompting strong reactions from opposition parties. Later, following an order from the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the state government had to reverse the decision to prune the security.
Moosewala did not take the remaining two commandos with him when the incident occurred. He was also not driving his armored vehicle.
Punjab police, however, did not investigate whether there was a connection between the murder and the release of information about the security withdrawal.
In the indictment, police named Goldy Brar as the “mastermind” and added that he “carried out the plan to get revenge for the murder of Vicky Middukhera”.
Akali Dal youth leader Middukhera was shot dead in August last year in a market in Mohali. Police had arrested three shooters believed to have been hired by the killers, and upon questioning Shaganpreet Singh’s name came up. Shaganpreet was Moosewala’s manager but had left the country and is believed to be in Australia. Mohali Police had also issued a Lookout Corner (LOC) notice against him.
“Goldy Brar coordinated with Lawrence Bishnoi, Sachin Bhiwani, Anmol Bishnoi, Sachin Bishnoi, Monu Dangar, Pawan Kumar Bishnoi, Jaggu Bhagwanpuria and shooters and provided weapons, money, shelter, cars, phones and SIM cards. He used a signal (messaging app) to communicate with the other defendant,” the indictment reads.
Unlike Goldy Brar, police did not name Lawrence Bishnoi as the mastermind. Investigators used Goldy Brar’s purported confessional video to name Lawrence Bishnoi as the defendant.
Apart from the video, the police also mentioned the “press note released by Delhi Special Cell which also mentioned that Lawrence Bishnoi took responsibility for Moosewala’s murder”.
“Bishnoi, Bhagwanpuria and Deepak Tinu stayed together in prison. Bishnoi’s name appeared in the claimant’s and witness’ statement. Bishnoi in connivance with Goldy Brar and other accomplices prepared the plan to kill Moosewala and gave all responsibility to Goldy Brar and provided the shooters with vehicles and weapons. He directly assisted in killing Moosewala,” the indictment reads.
While the Punjab Police named 36 defendants, they filed an indictment against 24 people. Of the 36 people named in the FIR, five were added on August 25, a day before the charge sheet was filed. A total of 20 people have been arrested so far, while two – Manpreet Singh Monu and Jagrup Singh Rupa – have been killed in a clash with police in Bhakhna village in Amritsar.
The indictment was filed against the accused under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempted murder), 341 (undue duress), 326 (willfully causing grievous bodily harm by weapons or dangerous means) , 148 (riot, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 427 (mischief), 120-B (criminal association), 109 (encourages any offence), 473 (possession of counterfeit seals), 212 ( harboring an offender), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections of the Arms Act.
Police named 146 witnesses in the indictment and 60 pieces of evidence. It also showed the recovery of seven pistols, seven cell phones and four vehicles, including the Toyota Corolla and Mahindra Bolero cars used in the crime.