Sidhu Musewala murder case: Lawrence Bishnoi is pawn or mastermind?

Tribune News Service

Jupinderjit Singh

Chandigarh, June 24

In an interview with The Tribune, ADGP Pramod Ban of Anti-Gangster Task Force of Punjab Police said that the conspiracy to kill singer Sidhu Musewala begins and ends with gangster Lawrence Bishnoi.

He was answering a question whether Lawrence Bishnoi was the pawn or the mastermind of the conspiracy. This becomes important in the backdrop of Moosewala’s interpretation of the lyrics where he supported gun culture but also made several political statements.

His latest song ‘SYL’ released on June 23 talks directly about the issues being faced by Punjab and Sikhs in particular. This has raised the question whether his assassination was a political conspiracy. The song has already become an internet sensation. The singer has also shown photographs of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and a terrorist Balwinder Jatana apart from bullet marks on the Akal Takht. He specifically mentioned the name of Jatana in the context that one may have to become Jatana again.

Though Musewala became a member of the Indian National Congress and unsuccessfully contested the elections, the SYL song and story is contrary to the party’s policies and line.

“As per the police investigation so far, Lawrence Bishnoi is the mastermind. He started the plan after the assassination of young Akali leader Vicky Middukheda in August last year and executed it on May 29.

After the announcement of the arrest of 32 members of the Bishnoi gang, of whom 13 were directly linked to the murder of Mosewala, the ADGP said that now the heat is on the four shooters.

“Delhi Police has arrested Priyavrata Fauji and Keshav, but four others including Manu Kush of Moga and Jagroop Roopa, Deepak Mundi and Ankit of Amritsar are absconding,” Ban said.

The ADGP said a major worrying revelation in the conspiracy was that Lawrence arranged for fake passports for his brother Anmol and key aide Sachin Bishnoi so that they could be deported abroad before the murder, “Our investigation reveals that both Made fake passports from Delhi and Haryana. It is important to bust this syndicate,” he said.