“Sirsa fired with both his hands"
An 18-year-old man described by police as the “main shooter” in the Sidhu Moose Wala murder has been arrested.
Ankit Sirsa was arrested at a bus terminal in Delhi.
It was reported that Sirsa shot the singer at close range, firing six bullets.
Sirsa, of Sonipat, Haryana, is accused of two other attempted murder cases in Rajasthan. It was reported that is the youngest of the gunmen.
Special Commissioner of Police Hargobinder Singh Dhaliwal said:
“Sirsa fired with both his hands and from the closest range at Sidhu Moose Wala.”
Police said Sirsa was the “most desperate” out of the gunmen.
He allegedly received instructions from gangster Goldy Brar to kill Sidhu Moose Wala a day before the shooting on May 29, 2022.
Police also arrested his associate, Sachin Bhiwani, for allegedly sheltering four of the gunmen.
Both men are believed to be part of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang.
According to officers, Bhiwani was responsible for handling all of the gang’s operations in Rajasthan.
Upon arresting Sirsa and Bhiwani, police recovered one 9mm bore pistol along with 10 live cartridges, and one pistol of .30mm bore along with nine live cartridges.
Three Punjab Police uniforms, two mobile handsets, a dongle and a sim card were also recovered.
In June 2022, police said the three people who had been arrested in connection with Sidhu Moose Wala’s murder were carrying high explosive grenades and an assault rifle.
Officers previously said: “Eight grenades, nine electric detonators, three pistols, and one assault rifle were recovered from the arrested accused.
It is believed that Sirsa had a fascination with guns, posing for pictures with an AK-47 and other weapons.
One photo showed the accused with a pistol and spelling ‘Moose Wala’ in bullets.
Previously, Delhi Police had arrested three people in Gujarat.
The suspects were identified as Priyavrat, Kashish and Keshav Kumar.
Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar had claimed responsibility for Sidhu’s murder in a Facebook post.
He is a close aide of Lawrence Bishnoi, who is the chief suspect in the Punjabi rapper’s murder.
Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead shortly after his security was heavily cut down.
A few days later, the security cover of 424 VIPS in Punjab was restored.
Sidhu’s father Balkaur Singh said that Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s government are to blame for a security lapse which led to his son’s murder.