CHANDIGARH: Striking a major blow against Jaggu Bhagwanpuria-Lawrence Bishnoi Gang, Punjab Police’s Anti-Gangster Task Force as part of the ongoing war against gangsters launched on the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday arrested the two main shooters of the gang, who were not only wanted in the sensational murder case of Gangster Rana Kandowalia and other heinous crimes but had also made various attempts previously on the life of late Punjabi Singer Sidhu Moosewala, said Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav here on Friday.
Those arrested have been identified as Mandeep Singh alias Toofan alias Manu (24) of Batala and Manpreet Singh alias Mani Rayya (30) of Amritsar. Both the gangsters were wanted by the Punjab Police for the last few years in various criminal cases of murder, dacoity, extortion, carjacking, drugs and arms trafficking cases.
The Police have also recovered four sophisticated weapons including one .30 caliber Chinese pistol, one .45 caliber pistol Taurus USA, one .357 caliber magnum revolver, and one .32 caliber pistol along with 36 live cartridges from their possession.
The development came just five days after the AGTF had arrested the sixth and last shooter identified as Deepak Mundi in the Sidhu Moosewala murder case along with his two aides from Indo-Nepal Border in West Bengal, while they were attempting to escape to Nepal to further reach Thailand via Bhutan. The same gang had also hatched a conspiracy to kill Bollywood actor Salman Khan.
DGP Gaurav Yadav said that in an intelligence-led operation a team of AGTF under the supervision of ADGP Promod Ban, led by AIG AGTF Sandeep Goel apprehended Mani Rayya from village Harsha Chhina in Raja Sansi area of Amritsar Rural, while, accused Mandeep Toofan has been arrested from village Khakh in Verowaal of Tarn Taran district. The AGTF team also included DSP Bikram Brar, SP Abhimanyu Rana, DSP Parminder Rajan, and DSP Gurinderpal Singh Nagra, while, a Police team from Amritsar Commissionerate led by DCP Investigation Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar also joined the AGTF team.
“Initially, these two shooters were assigned the task to take the life of Sidhu Moosewala. In fact, they along with Gangsters Kapil Pandit and Sachin Thapan had conducted reconnaissance at Moosewala village twice or thrice in February 2022, besides, arranging Police Uniforms for impersonation, but had failed accomplished the task despite repeated attempts,” he said. The probe has also revealed that Goldy Brar and Bishnoi had sent two separate teams to take the life of Sidhu Moosewala, for which they had started planning a long time back, he added.
The DGP said that, later on, Satvir Singh (already arrested) brought Toofan and Mani Rayya to Bathinda on his Fortuner car on May 20, 2022, and introduced them to Manu and Priyavart Fauji, which was the second team sent to take the life of Moosewala. They were in close contact with Goldy Brar while they stayed in Bathinda, he added.
He said with the arrest of these two gangsters, the Punjab Police has also got a major lead in the Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) terror attack at Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in Mohali, as both had accompanied gangsters Deepak Jhajjar and Devayanshu during the murder of rival gangster Rana Kandowalia in 2021. Notably, Deepak Jhajjar and Devayanshu are the key accused in the RPG attack case.
Meanwhile, this is yet another addition to the list of achievements in the ongoing war against gangsters waged by the Punjab Police on the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.