An encounter broke out on Wednesday morning in Amritsar between the Punjab Police and the gangsters involved in the killing of the singer Sidhu Moose Wala. A total of four gangsters were shot dead during the exchange of fire in Hoshiar Nagar village near the Attari border.
Of these, two gangsters named - Manpreet Singh alias Mannu Kusa and Jagroop Singh Roopa - were the shooters who killed Moose Wala and were at large since then, police said. A CCTV footage recently surfaced showing both of them riding a bike at Samalsar in Moga district on June 21.
Gunshots were heard from the site where the accused were hiding. A heavy police force was deployed in the village, the area was cordoned off and the locals were told to stay indoors. A video journalist named Sikander Mattu of a private media channel got injured by the bullet of gangsters.
Addressing the media after the shootout, ADGP Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) Pramod Ban said the operation was concluded successfully as both Mannu and Roopa, who killed Moose Wala, were gunned down in the encounter. “Two sharp shooters involved in Moose Wala murder killed in the encounter. Police also recovered an AK-47 and a pistol along with heavy ammunition from the spot. Three policemen have also received minor injuries," he said.
#SidhuMoosewala murder: #AGTF ADGP Promod Ban confirms the operation concluded successfully as both Manpreet Mannu & Jagroop Roopa, who killed #Moosewala were neutralized in a heavy exchange of fire.#Police also recovered an AK-47 along with heavy ammunition from the spot.— Punjab Police India (@PunjabPoliceInd) July 20, 2022
Moose Wala was shot dead on May 29 in Punjab’s Mansa district, a day after the state government curtailed his security cover. Moose Wala’s cousin and a friend, who were travelling in a Mahindra Thar jeep with him, were also injured in the attack. Moosewala, 28, had fought the recent assembly election on a Congress ticket from Mansa and was defeated by the AAP leader Vijay Singla.
Canada-based Goldy Brar had claimed responsibility for the murder of Moose Wala.
Moose Wala was touted as a youth icon and an “international figure" by the Punjab Congress after he joined the party. His mother is a Sarpanch of Moosa village in Mansa district while his father is an ex-serviceman.
Though Moose Wala faced criticism from several quarters for allegedly promoting violence and gun culture in his songs, he has a considerable fan following among the youth. He was also booked for allegedly promoting violence through his song “Sanju". He had earned the wrath of Sikh organisations for allegedly hurting their sentiments by using “objectionable" words against Mai Bhago, a Sikh warrior who fought against Mughals.