Deepak Tinu, an accused in the murder of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala who escaped police custody earlier this month, has been caught from Rajasthan’s Kekri area, once a stronghold of slain gangster Anand Pal Singh.
Tinu ran away from the custody of the Punjab Police on October 1 and was apprehended by the Delhi Police Special Cell on Wednesday, October 19. During his run, Tinu took shelter in at least six locations in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
He stayed in several areas of Ajmer, Nagaur, and Churu, the districts that once witnessed Anand Pal’s reign of terror, with the help of some associates of the slain gangster, sources told The New Indian.
For years in the last 2000, Ajmer and Nagaur remained the main operational area of Anand Pal who was shot dead by the police in an encounter in Churu district in 2017.
What gives another interesting twist to Tinu’s run is the fact that he received help from two persons based in foreign countries. A person identified as Jack, based in Europe, and Azerbaijan-based Rohit Godara helped him keep changing his location, as per sources in the Delhi Police.
But the cat-mice race ended on Wednesday with a team of the Special Cell catching Tinu from Ajmer district. Five hand grenades and two semi-automatic pistols were recovered from his possession. Police suspect that the criminal was tasked with carrying out another job.
He escaped the custody of the CIA (Crime Investigation Agency) of Punjab’s Mansa district when he was allowed to meet his girlfriend by an officer. CIA in charge Pritpal Singh has been dismissed from duty after the incident.
Singh reportedly drove Tinu in his private to his official residence and allowed him to meet his partner, who was later arrested by the police from Mumbai on the charge of helping the criminal escape.
Tinu is among 24 accused charge-sheeted in the May 2022 murder of Moose Wala. He is accused of providing logistical support to the attackers.
Moose Wala was shot dead in a brutal attack by a dozen of persons in Mansa district on May 29. Delhi Police and Punjab Police have arrested almost all the attackers except for one of the masterminds Goldy Brar, who is suspected to be hiding in Canada. Another mastermind, Lawrence Bishnoi is already in jail.