New Delhi: Mahakal alias Siddesh Kamble, who was arrested by the Pune Rural Police, knew that Punjabi singer Sidhu Musewala was about to be murdered and was in touch with gangster Vikram Brar a week before the murder, if investigators are to be believed.
Kamble, an alleged member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, said to be behind Moosewala’s murder, was arrested earlier this week by the Pune Rural Police in another case.
The Mumbai Crime Branch has questioned him in connection with the threatening letters received by Bollywood actor Salman Khan and Special Cell of Delhi Police and Punjab Police in connection with the Moosewala murder case.
A senior police officer of Maharashtra Police said, “Mahakal was not directly involved in the attack on Musewala. But as per the information we have received, he knew that Musewala would be killed as Vikram Brar had discussed him with Musewala. ” check here.
He said Mahakal was in touch with Brar a week before the actual murder took place on May 29.
Brar is a close aide of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi who is currently in the custody of Delhi Police.
To avoid being tracked by the investigating agencies, the members of the Bishnoi gang used social media platforms and an encrypted messaging app to communicate with each other and also used code words, the official said.
Meanwhile, a team from Pune Rural Police is in Delhi to interrogate Bishnoi.
Pune Police wants to question Bishnoi about the whereabouts of gang member Santosh Jadhav.
Jadhav, identified as one of the shooters in the Moosewala murder case, is also an accused in a murder case in Pune in which the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) has been invoked against him.
Apart from gathering information about Jadhav’s whereabouts, the Pune Rural Police also wanted to know whether any other youth from Maharashtra is associated with the Bishnoi gang, the official said.
Kamble, registered in the MCOCA case, was wanted by the Pune Rural Police for allegedly sheltering Jadhav, against whom a murder case was registered at Manchar police station in Pune district in 2021.
On Thursday, based on Kamble’s interrogation, the Mumbai Police claimed that three members of the Bishnoi gang had given a letter threatening Salman Khan and his father, writer Salim Khan, and that it was Vikram Brar’s attempt to terrorize them and ask them to do so. It was part of a plan to withdraw money.