During an intelligence-based operation in Kukranwala village and Jandiala Guru town in Amritsar district on Friday, Punjab Police arrested two gangsters linked to the murder of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala.
Mandeep Singh, alias Tufan, and Manpreet Singh, alias Money Rayya, are associates of notorious gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria and prime suspects in the murder of gangster Rana Kandowalia.
“In an intelligence-led operation, #AGTF (anti-gangster task force) arrested two main absconding members: Mandeep@Tufan & Manpreet@Mani Raiya of Jaggu Bhagwanpuria Gang from #Amritsar. Both wanted for several cases of killings, dacoity and links with #SidhuMooseWala murder case,” Punjab director general of police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav tweeted.
According to sources, arms and ammunition were also recovered from the accused, who had been on the run for a year.
Jagroop Singh, alias Roopa, and Manpreet Singh, alias Manu, two accomplices of Bhagwanpuria, who faces more than 40 criminal cases, were killed in a heavy exchange of fire with Punjab Police in a border village of Amritsar district in July. Both of the slain suspects were among the shooters who killed Moose Wala on May 29 in Mansa district.
According to Amritsar police, both of the accused are suspected of providing logistical support to the slain gangsters.
Ranbir Singh, alias Rana Kandowalia, a gangster considered Bhagwanpuria’s rival, was shot dead in a private hospital in August of last year. Both defendants were prime suspects. They are accused of a dozen crimes, including murder, dacoity, and robbery.