Cousin of jailed criminal arrested first in Moosewala murder

1 June, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

Manpreet, according to sources, offered logistical support to the assailants but was not one of them.

The Punjab Police Department made its first arrest in the brutal murder of singer-politician Sidhu Moosewala on Tuesday.

Manpreet Singh Bhau, the accused, is a resident of Dhapyi village in Faridkot district. Manpreet has been charged with supplying automobiles to the criminals involved in the murder of Moosewala. Manpreet was not among the attackers who launched indiscriminate fire on Moosewala’s vehicle, killing him on the spot, according to the police.

Manpreet is the cousin of another criminal, Manpreet Singh Manna, who is currently imprisoned in Ferozepur and was taken to Mansa on Monday on production orders for questioning in the Moosewala murder case. Manna is serving a life sentence for the murder of another thug, Kulbir Naruana.

According to police sources, Manpreet gave the assailants a white Toyota Corolla automobile that belonged to Manna. On Sunday evening, CCTV footage of Moosewala’s vehicle being followed by the white automobile in Jawaharke village surfaced on social media. This car’s occupants had opened fire on Moosewala’s vehicle first. Later, another group of gunmen arrived in a Mahindra Bolero car and opened fire indiscriminately, murdering Moosewala on the spot.

Manpreet is facing nine charges in Faridkot, Ropar, and Muktsar, including charges under the Arms Act, as well as kidnapping and murder. He was one of six persons detained on their way back from Hemkund Sahib, a Sikh shrine in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, on Monday in Dehradun. They were later sent to Punjab for questioning in connection with the murder of Moosewala.