Moose Wala murder: Encounter on near Attari border with suspected gangsters

An encounter between the Punjab Police and suspected robbers involved in the killing of Punjabi singer Sidhu Mooswala on May 29 is underway at Hoshiar Nagar village near Amritsar’s Attari border, police sources said on Wednesday afternoon.

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The prime accused in the Moose Wala killing in Mansa, gangsters Manpreet Singh, alias Mannu, and Jagroup Singh, alias Roop, and another miscreant were said to be hiding in a farmhouse in the village.

Sources said the Anti-Gangster Task Force of the Punjab Police has information that the accused in Sidhu Moosewala’s murder have taken refuge in a village near the India-Pakistan border.

Heavy police presence in Amritsar Rural District, Amritsar Commissionerate and Tarn Taran District.

Hundreds of rounds were fired from both sides.

A senior police officer present at the spot said that some policemen also received bullet injuries. They said they have targeted two robbers and their operation is on.

However, there is no official confirmation about the identity of the accused involved in the encounter.

Punjab Police teams continue to rush to the spot with arms and ammunition. People are not allowed to go on the road leading to the farmhouse.

Punjabi singer, Congress leader Shubdeep Singh Sidhu, popularly known as Sidhu Moose Wala, was gunned down by six shooters on May 29, just 4 km from his home in Jawaharke village of Mansa district.

Mannu shot Moose Wala with AK-47

According to the police, Mannu, who was in a Toyota Corolla along with Roopa, fired at Moose Wala with an AK-47. Both fled from the spot immediately after the incident. Later they robbed the Alto car which was left behind in Moga district.

Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi’s handiwork, Manpreet Singh alias Mannu of Kussa village in Moga district is facing 13 cases including four murders in different districts of Punjab.

Since September last year, Mannu has committed three murders and bid for two murders at the behest of Bishnoi and Canada-based Goldie Brar. This is in addition to the Moose Walla killing.

Two shooters were spotted in Moga last month

Three weeks after the crime, the two Punjab module shooters involved in the Moose Wala killings were spotted roaming in the dark in a rural area of ​​Moga by the state police.

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage that emerged recently from Samalsar in Moga district showed Jagroup Singh Roop and Manpreet Singh riding a stolen bike on June 21. Samalsar is about 100 km from Jawaharke village in Mansa district where the moose walla was shot. On May 29, six were killed by shooters.

Officials privy to the case said, “He was spotted on CCTV footage in Samalsar on June 21 and seems to have taken refuge in the neighboring districts of Mansa. It was found that he was traveling on a stolen bike. According to the CCTV trail, they moved towards Tarn Taran district,” he said.

Six shooters from two modules were involved in the killing

Police have identified six shooters and said two module shooters were involved in the killings. The shooters were said to be in direct contact with Canadian-born Goldie Brar. While the Delhi Police has arrested three shooters, namely Priyavrat Fauji, Kashish and Ankit Sirsa from the Haryana module, their counterparts in Punjab have so far failed to arrest any of the shooters. Deepak of Haryana unit, Mannu and Rupa of Punjab unit are still absconding.

According to sources, shooter Ankit Sirsa, who is currently in Punjab Police custody, has revealed to the police that Mannu and Roopa are hiding in Punjab.

“Looking at their pattern, the shooters seem to be traveling through rural areas to evade the police. They stayed in familiar areas –belonging to Manu Moga. He is suspected to have moved to Tarn Taran. A police team spotted him on CCTV while trying to map his trail. They moved on June 21, a day after the Delhi Police announced the arrest of two module shooters from Haryana, Priyavrat and Kashish,” another official said.

(With input from Partik Singh Mahal)

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