A heavy police force was deployed in the village.
An encounter broke out in Amritsar between the Punjab Police and gangsters believed to be involved in the killing of Sidhu Moose Wala.
Two of the gangsters, identified as Manpreet Singh alias Mannu Kusa, and Jagroop Singh Roopa, were shot dead during the exchange of fire in Hoshiar Nagar village near the Attari border.
Another two attackers were also killed in the encounter, the names of which are yet to be confirmed.
Gunshots were heard from the site where the accused were thought to be hiding.
A heavy police force was deployed in the village, the area was cordoned off and the locals were told to stay indoors.
In the crossfire, a news channel’s cameraperson received a bullet injury in his right leg.
Kusa and Roopa, who the Punjab Police had identified through CCTV footage, were at large.
CCTV footage recently surfaced showing both of them riding a bike at Samalsar in Moga district on June 21, 2022.
According to sources, Punjab Police received information that gangsters involved in the killing of Sidhu Moose Wala may be hiding in Chicha Bhakna village, which is adjacent to the Pakistan border in Amritsar.
Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead on May 29 in Punjab’s Mansa district, a day after the state government curtailed his security cover.
Sidhu Moose Wala’s cousin and a friend, who were travelling in a Mahindra Thar jeep with him, were also injured in the attack.
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The Punjabi singer 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 is alleged to have claimed responsibility for the murder through Facebook posts.
The posts said it was revenge for the murder of an Akali leader Vicky Middukhera in 2021.
Interpol has since issued a Red Corner Notice to trace Goldy Brar in connection with two other cases registered at Faridkot in Punjab.
Sidhu 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 Sidhu 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.