Pune Rural Police has arrested a suspected sharpshooter Santosh Jadhav and his aide Navanth Suryavanshi in the Sidhu Moose Wala killing case. The Punjab and Delhi police were reportedly looking for the two for a long time. They found them in Gujrat after their names came to light during the investigation.
It has been almost 3 weeks since the murder of the Punjabi singer, and the police have intensified their search. Last week they captured Siddhesh Kamble, aka Saurabh Mahakal, and forced him to reveal the information about Jhadav and Suryavanshi. All of these suspects are linked to the Lawrence Bishnoi gang.
Role in Sidhu Moose Wala Killing
Maharastra police arrested Jadhav for a murder case in 2021. They accused Mahakal of sheltering Jhadav for that murder. They also said that Jhadav was on the run for a year. He changed his appearance and shaved his head to avoid getting recognized and arrested. Multiple teams of officers were deployed in Gujrat and Rajasthan to trace Jhadav. On the other hand, Suryavanshi is from Maharashtra, but his father lives in Gujarat. Police accused him of sheltering Jhadav.
Officials said they were trying to ascertain both of their roles in the Sidhu Moose Wala killing. They added that more suspects in Maharastra were linked to the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, which has a large presence across India.
The court has remanded them in police custody till 20 June.
Threat Letter to Salman Khan
Besides aiding the Sidhu Moose Wala killing, the police also grilled Mahakal in connection with a letter that contained a death threat to Salman Khan. The Bollywood actor’s father screenwriter Salim Khan found the letter on 5 June in a park, where he went for walk. Police said that Mahakal knew about the threat letter.
During the investigation of Sidhu’s murder, police found out that a sharpshooter tried to kill Salman Khan but failed. According to reports, Lawrence Bishnoi sent that assassin to take out Khan.
The 28-year-old controversial Punjabi rapper was shot by unidentified killers on 29 May in his car. Sidhu’s killing came just days after the Punjab government withdrew Moose Wala’s security in a move to curb “VIP culture” in the country. The assassination stirred up a huge political storm in India with the ruling party receiving most of the backlash. Fans and supporters staged protests in different parts of the country to criticise the government and police for not doing thier jobs properly.
Sidhu Moose Wala killing shockingly resembled the assassination of American rapper Tupac Shakur in 1996. Both were famous for thier take on gangster rap, which was fueled by anger, revenge, and social injustice.