Punjab Police quiz Bishnoi after getting his seven-day custody

Published on Jun 16, 2022 01:16 AM IST

After securing his remand, the Punjab Police shifted Bishnoi to the crime investigation agency (CIA) office at Kharar in Mohali district for interrogation

Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi was brought from Delhi to Mansa in Punjab amid tight security. (Ishant Kumar)
Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi was brought from Delhi to Mansa in Punjab amid tight security. (Ishant Kumar)
By, Faridkot

A court in Mansa district early on Wednesday morning granted seven-day police remand of Lawrence Bishnoi to the Punjab Police to probe the murder of singer-politician Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, aka Sidhu Moose Wala, soon after the gangster was brought from New Delhi on transit remand.

The police have identified him as the “main conspirator”, who had ordered the hit on the singer from behind the bars at Delhi’s Tihar Jail.

Amid tight security, Bishnoi was brought to Mansa district — where Moose Wala was shot dead on May 29 —around 4am. He was presented before the duty magistrate after his medical check-up at the district civil hospital.

The special investigation team (SIT) probing Moose Wala’s murder submitted in the court that Bishnoi is the main conspirator in the case and his custodial interrogation is required for effective investigation into the murder.

The chief judicial magistrate at Mansa had issued an arrest warrant against Bishnoi on Monday in the singer’s murder case. A Delhi court on Tuesday had allowed the Punjab Police to take the gangster to the state for questioning on transit remand, while ensuring tight security after Bishnoi’s counsel raised concerns about a fake encounter.

Soon after securing Bishnoi’s remand, the SIT had filed a compliance report before the duty magistrate in Patiala House court as instructed by the court while granting transit remand.

SIT cross-interrogates Dagar, Bishnoi

After securing his remand, the Punjab Police shifted Bishnoi to the crime investigation agency (CIA) police station at Kharar in Mohali district. Heavy security arrangements have also been made in Kharar town.

According to sources, police had brought another jailed gangster, Monu Dagar, who had allegedly provided two shooters for Moose Wala’s killing, to Mohali on Tuesday evening. The SIT cross-interrogated Bishnoi and Dagar, it is learnt. A senior SIT official said Bishnoi was questioned for hours, but he has not been cooperating in the investigation, and is calling himself “innocent”.

Meanwhile, Dagar was sent back to Mansa later in the day, where he was presented before court along with two other accused — Pawan Bishnoi and Naseeb Khan — after their four-day police remand ended. The SIT had demanded further remand of Dagar, Pawan and Naseeb, claiming that their cross interrogation with Bishnoi is required to ascertain some facts and to identify other co-accused in the case. “The arrested accused are closely associated with Bishnoi and his associates,” police told the court.

The court granted seven-day police remand of the trio to the SIT. Pawan and Naseeb are accused of providing the white Bolero car used by the shooters. Apart from Bishnoi, the Punjab Police have so far arrested nine suspects, including three jailed gangsters. They either provided logistics support to the shooters or conducted recce ahead of the attack, according to the SIT. A couple of suspects have also been arrested by the Pune police, and have been quizzed by a team of cops from Punjab.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Parteek Singh Mahal is a multimedia correspondent based at Faridkot in Punjab. He covers medical education, politics and Punjab police.

Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Law minister JC Madhuswamy heads the Cabinet sub-committee which made recommendations for the order. (PTI)

    Karnataka to form management panel comprising Hindus and Muslims ahead of dargah

    The Karnataka government has issued an order for constituting a management committee, comprising both Hindus and Muslims to oversee religious practices at 'Sri Guru Dattatreya Bababudan Swamy Dargah/ Peetha' in Chikkamagaluru district. The order dated July 19 is based on recommendations made by a Cabinet sub-committee headed by Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy. The state cabinet on July 1 had accepted the recommendations made by its sub-committee.

  • The matter is related to the income tax department hence the CIC was approached by the appellant. (File image)

    Give details of gross income of husband to wife for maintenance: CIC to CPIO

    In a decision that could set a new precedent in matrimonial matters where a partner is seeking alimony, the Central Information Commission on Thursday directed the Centre Public Information Officers to provide the “generic details of the net taxable income/gross income” of the husband to the wife within fifteen days. The couple is from Gujarat's Jamnagar city. The matter is related to the income tax department hence the CIC was approached by the appellant.

  • Six persons have been arrested in Belagavi for kidnapping and demanding ransom for a minor boy in Sankeshwar police station limits. (Representative Image/HT File)

    Karnataka crime watch: Abducted minor boy rescued in Belagavi, six arrested

    Police in Karnataka's Belagavi rescued a minor boy who was abducted and arrested six persons in connection with the crime on Thursday. The Superintendent of Police in Belagavi took to social media to share that the incident occurred within the Sankeshwar police station limits. The kidnappers demanded a ransom, the amount of which is not yet clear.

  • People familiar with the matter said a regular case (First Information Report) has been registered naming Sisodia, former excise commissioner Arav Gopi Krishna, among others. (PTI Photo)

    CBI raids Sisodia’s residence in excise policy case, Delhi minister cries foul

    A month after lieutenant governor VK Saxena recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the Delhi government's excise policy, the federal agency on Friday raided the residence of deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and 20 other premises after registering a case. People familiar with the matter said a regular case (First Information Report) has been registered naming former excise commissioner Arav Gopi Krishna, Sisodia, among others.

  • The exams for Grade III and Grade IV jobs will be held in English, Assamese, Bodo, Bengali and Hindi. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

    Question paper in Hindi for Assam government jobs sparks controversy

    The Assam government has drawn flak for including Hindi among the five languages candidates can write exams in for around 30,000 posts with the lawmaker and Raijor Dal chief Akhil Gogoi calling it a “very worrying thing”. Trinamool Congress's Assam unit chief Ripun Bora said Hindi has been introduced as part of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh's design to impose Hindi and ensure Hindi-speaking people get state government jobs in Assam.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Friday, August 19, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now