The leader of a criminal gang that has claimed responsibility for the murder of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala has taken the Punjab Police to court in an attempt to prevent them from detaining him.
Lawrence Bishnoi, the gang leader, has been serving time in Delhi’s Tihar Jail for an organised crime case under the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act, or MCOCA, which has very strict bail conditions.
Lawrence Bishnoi claimed in a petition to Delhi’s Patiala House Court that he should not be handed over to the Punjab Police because he fears being killed in a “encounter.”
Goldy Brar, a member of Lawrence Bishnoi’s gang who lives in Canada, has claimed responsibility for the murder of Sidhu Moose Wala in a Facebook post. While driving his SUV, the singer was shot at least 30 times with an automatic assault rifle.
Lawrence Bishnoi is a former student leader at Delhi University. “How can such a massive murder conspiracy be planned from jail?” his lawyer asked, denying his involvement.
The murder of Sidhu Moose Wala is suspected to be the result of gang rivalry, according to Punjab Police. Goldy Brar was in contact with someone inside Tihar jail, according to investigations.
A key suspect was apprehended earlier today in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, by state police and Punjab counterparts in a joint operation.
This suspect was discovered hiding among pilgrims on their way to the mountains for the Hemkund Sahib yatra. Punjab Police have detained five other people in addition to the main suspect from Dehradun.