Salman Khan shooting case: Singh, a Haryana native, assisted Chowdhary, a co-accused, in joining the Bishnoi gang

According to news agency PTI, Harpal Singh, a native of Haryana and the most recent arrest in the Salman Khan residence firing case, assisted co-accused Mohammed Rafique Chowdhary—who was apprehended for allegedly funding shooters in the case—in joining the Lawrence Bishnoi gang after they became friends on social media.

In 2018, Chowdhary and Harpal Singh, also known as Harry, who had served time in prison for unrelated offenses, became friends on Facebook. According to officers of the Mumbai crime department, which is looking into the gunfire that took place outside Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s Bandra house on April 14, Singh subsequently referred him to mobster Lawrence Bishnoi’s fan page. This information was revealed by PTI.

Singh (34), a resident of Sirsa city in Haryana, was taken into custody on Monday night (May 13) by a squad from the Mumbai crime department in his native state of Fatehabad. He belongs to the Lawrence Bishnoi gang and is the sixth individual to be taken into custody in relation to the shooting incident.

Singh was a crucial conduit of communication in the sacking of Salman Khan.

The police claim that Singh had a key role in the firing incident since he had direct contact with both Anmol Bishnoi, Lawrence Bishnoi’s younger brother, and Rohit Gudara, another gang leader, as PTI reported.

According to an official, Singh was the one who assisted Chowdhary (37), who was detained last week for allegedly giving money to the two gunmen who carried out the shooting, to join the Lawrence Bishnoi gang.

The officer told PTI that he had also added Chowdhary to a WhatsApp group that included other gang members.

Singh was previously detained in two instances; the first occurred in 2022 when a dispute arose among the gang members and a complaint was made against him. Before his release from jail, he spent six months there. According to Singh, he was arrested once again in a shooting case in the capital of Chhattisgarh, Raipur, and imprisoned for 11 months, as PTI reported.

The source said that Singh had drawn Chowdhary into the gang’s plot to fire outside Khan’s house when he was released from jail.

MCOCA was cited in the firing case of Salman Khan.

Singh had informed Chowdhary that he would be released on bond in three months if he was discovered. Singh said he was ignorant of the strict guidelines set out by the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), which make it impossible for an accused person to get bail.

In the shooting case, MCOCA has been cited by the police.

Singh had paid Chowdhary between Rs 2 and Rs 3 lakh to be provided to the two Bihar residents who were the shooters, Sagar Pal and Vicky Gupta. According to the officer, the police were investigating Singh’s source of the funds, as PTI reported.

The officer said that Chowdhary, who had lived in Mumbai for years, was aware of the methods used by the city police and had warned Singh that he would assume his identity if he was discovered.

Chowdhary was tasked with inspecting Khan’s home and providing money for shooters Pal and Gupta’s lodging and other needs. According to the official, Chowdhary, who was detained from a hamlet in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district, spoke with Anmol Bishnoi and Gudara on Signal and other calling applications on a frequent basis, PTI said.

Case of Salman Khan’s firing: More difficult

Anmol Bishnoi had given him a “bigger task” than the shooters, he had informed them.
According to PTI, the Mumbai crime branch first detained the gunmen after the shooting event, followed by the suppliers of the weapons.

After Chowdhary threatened to adopt Singh’s name if he was imprisoned, Singh fled his hometown and settled in Fatehabad by adopting a new appearance and identity. Nevertheless, the official said that Singh was located and apprehended by the Mumbai criminal department.

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