Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav on Tuesday constituted a four-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the escape of gangster Deepak Tinu, one of the key accused in the case of the murder of singer-politician Sidhu Moos Wala, who escaped from custody. of the Criminal Investigation Agency (CIA) unit of the police in Mansa last week.
The SIT will be headed by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Patiala range MS China, with Additional IG Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) Opinderjit Singh, SSP Mansa Gaurav Toora and DSP, AGTF, Bikramjeet Singh Brar as its members.
As the opposition on Tuesday hit out at the defection of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the state over a “serious lapse”, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said a warning has been issued against the gangster and he will be arrested soon.
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Moose Wala’s mother, Charan Kaur, alleged that the government was offering all kinds of luxuries to criminals in jail. “Now we have no hope for justice.” A WhatsApp number will be issued soon and will start holding candlelight marches for justice. “They are trying to bury the case,” she said.
“What the new government has done in the last six months, have you seen any change?” Instead of focusing on the right thing, they are busy doing useless things. Those who killed my sons are walking around with security and one escaped easily,” said Charan.
Tinu, who is said to be a close associate of jailed gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, escaped from custody in the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday when he was brought on a production warrant from Goindwal Sahib Jail in Tarn Taran district in another case.
In the wake of the incident, Pritpal Singh, Mansa, a CIA case in-charge and also a member of the SIT investigating the Moose Wala murder case, was suspended and subsequently arrested.
The Punjab police have also issued a high alert across the state and a search operation has been launched in neighboring Haryana and Rajasthan.