Chandigarh- Amidst the continued drive to destroy the organised legal networks within the state as per instructions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) of the Punjab Police have arrested Lawrence Bishnoi’s shut aide Mandeep Singh alias Chotta Mani of Chandigarh, who had offered hideouts to accused individuals concerned in Sidhu Moosewala’s homicide and facilitated escape of Gangster Deepak Tinu in 2017, mentioned Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav right here on Saturday.
Accused Chotta Mani was arrested alongside together with his confederate recognized as Jatinder Singh of Gobindpura Mohalla in Manimajra. Police groups have additionally recovered two .32 caliber pistols together with 12 stay cartridges from their possession.
DGP Gaurav Yadav mentioned that following dependable inputs about presence of Chotta Mani within the space of Zirakpur, groups of AGTF headed by ADGP Promod Ban underneath the supervision of AIG Sandeep Goel and led by DSP Bikram Brar, managed to trace the situation of the accused and arrested him alongside together with his confederate.
He mentioned that each the accused have been actively working for Lawrence Bishnoi & Goldy Brar Gang, and have a legal historical past with a number of legal instances pertaining to Attempt to Murder, Extortion, Robbery and underneath Arms Act have been registered in opposition to them in Chandigarh and Haryana. Preliminary investigation has additionally revealed that the arrested accused have been tasked to hold out goal killings of rival gangsters by their foreign-based handlers, he added.
Sharing extra element, AIG Sandeep Goel mentioned that in 2022, accused Chotta Mani alongside together with his different associates Sachin Thapan, Deepak Mundi and Joginder Joga— all shooters and accused concerned in Sidhu Moosewala homicide, have been directed by overseas handlers to commit sensational crime on instructions of Ayodhya based mostly politician Vikas Singh, who was later arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) in November 2023.
He mentioned that Lawrence Bishnoi needed to settle Chotta Mani overseas and likewise despatched him to Dubai thrice to facilitate his secure entry to Europe, however failed as a result of which the latter needed to return again to India.
A case FIR no 4 has been registered underneath part 25 of the Arms Act at Police Station State Crime, SAS Nagar.