The Punjab police brought gangster Lawrence Bishnoi to Punjab from Delhi under heavy security on early Wednesday morning, to question him in the murder case of singer-politician Sidhu Moosewala, news agency PTI reported. After being brought to Punjab, Bishnoi was presented in Mansa district court which granted Punjab police a seven-day remand of the gangster, sources told PTI.
A Delhi court had granted Punjab police the transit remand of taking him to Punjab in relation to the Moosewala murder case. The order was passed after the Punjab police had arrested Bishnoi formally in the singer’s murder case.
In an official statement issued on Tuesday evening, Bishnoi was made an accused and conspirator in Moosewala’s murder case. Additional Director General of Punjab Police Pramod Ban had told PTI on Tuesday that the special investigation team (SIT) is making steady progress in the case.
Singer and politician, Sidhu Moosewala had joined Congress shortly before the 2022 assembly elections, and he was killed by unidentified people on May 29 in Punjab’s Mansa district. Punjab Police had said the killing of Moosewala seemed to be the result of an inter-gang rivalry and that the Lawrence Bishnoi gang was involved in it.
Bishnoi first booked in 2010
The police have prepared a database of jailed gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, who has been involved in 36 cases in the past 12 years.
In the records, Bishnoi has been profiled as a resident of Duttarwali, Fazilka, and a notorious gangster active in Punjab and neighbouring states. He is involved in cases of murder, contract killing, robbery, extortion and snatching. He is also a former president of the Students’ Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU).
According to the database, Bishnoi entered the crime world in April 2010 when he was booked by Chandigarh and Mohali police in three criminal cases for attempted murder, possessing firearms and causing hurt, respectively. While he was acquitted in two cases lodged by the Chandigarh Police in April 2010, he was convicted in the third case registered by the Mohali police in October 2010, reports The Tribune.
Of the 36 criminal cases against him in Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi, 21 are sub-judice, while he has been acquitted in nine and convicted in six cases.
In Punjab, Bishnoi had 17 criminal cases against him, including six in his home district Fazilka, seven in Mohali, two in Faridkot and one case each in Amritsar and Muktsar. As per records, he faced seven criminal cases in Chandigarh, six in Rajasthan, four in Delhi and two cases in Haryana.
In September last year, Bishnoi was booked by the Jaipur police for extortion and issuing threats.
Eight cases against Goldy Brar
His main associates are Goldy Brar (Canada), Sampat Nehra (lodged in Tihar Jail), Deepak Tinu (jailed), Raju Basodi (jailed), Kali Rajput, Kala Jatheri (Tihar Jail), claimed the police.
According to the database, Goldy Brar had eight criminal cases registered against him in Faridkot district since November 2020 when he was first booked for attempted murder. He was also allegedly involvement in the killing of Congress leader Gurlal Singh Pehalwan of Faridkot on February 18, 2021.