NEW DELHI: Two shooters suspected to be involved in the daylight killing of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala were killed in an encounter by Punjab Police in Amritsar district on Wednesday.
The two shooters – Manpreet Singh alias Mannu Kussa and Jagreet Singh alias Rupa – were holed up in an abandoned building in Chicha Bamka village. When the police team asked them to surrender they returned fire.
In the ensuing encounter, which lasted for almost five hours, three policemen sustained injuries before the cops managed to neutralize the duo who took part in the sensational murder of the popular singer on May 29 in Punjab’s Mansa district.
Sources told The New Indian that they were wearing the same kind of clothes to mislead the people. They have been hiding in the abandoned house for the past few days.
“Our team asked them to surrender but they opened fire. In the resultant exchange of fire they died,” said ADGP Pramod Bhan.
According to Punjab Police sources, Roopa, son of Baljinder Singh and a resident of village Jaura in Tarn Taran, was a notorious gangster in the state. He was associated with the Lawrence Bishnoi gang as a shooter. Roopa was also in constant touch with Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar.
There are 15 FIRs registered against Roopa across the state. He was involved in murder, attempt to murder, contract killing, drug dealing and snatching activities. He was also involved in the Panta Brar murder case earlier in April this year.
Like Roopa, Mannu, son of Sukhdev Singh and a resident of village Kussa in Moga, was also one of the most notorious gangsters and a shooter with the Bishnoi gang. He was also in contact with gangster Brar. There are 10 criminal cases registered against him related to murder, attempt to murder, contract killing, snatching etc.
There were a total of six shooters who executed the killing of Moosewala. Out of six, three were arrested by Delhi Police and now these two are gunned down by Punjab Police. One shooter identified as Deepak Haddi is still absconding.
The accused shooters were hiding in a house in Chicha Bamka village which is close to the Attari border of Pakistan. Police claimed to have recovered an AK47, a pistol and a heavy quantity of ammunition.
Over a dozen of persons including shooters and ones who supported them have been nabbed by Punjab and Delhi police in connection with the murder of Moosewala.