In his recent confession in front of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), gangster Lawrence Bishnoi has revealed his top 10 murder targets.
Bollywood hero Salman Khan is at the top of the gangster’s hit list. Lawrence Bishnoi is presently serving his time in jail. The manager of the late Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala is also on the list.
Lawrence Bishnoi said that in the year 1998, Salman Khan hunted the black buck, which is considered sacred by the Bishnoi community and to avenge the hurt sentiments of the community the gangster said he wanted to kill the actor.
Bishnoi confessed to the NIA in December last year that on acting on his directions his aide Sampat Nehra had conducted a recce of Salman Khan’s Mumbai residence. Nehra was however nabbed by the Special Task Force of the Harayana Police. On April 11 this year, Khan received another death threat call, Mumbai Police said, weeks after a man was taken into custody for sending a threat email to the Bollywood actor.
Salman Khan has been provided with Y+ category security by the Mumbai police as the actor is perceived to be under threat. The Maharashtra State Government took this step after the actor received a threat letter from the Lawrence Bishnoi gang.
Lawrence Bishnoi also acknowledged using extortion funds received from businessmen to operate his criminal organisation.
Bishnoi, who is currently serving time in the national capital’s Tihar Jail also confessed that he had in the year 2021 procured two ‘zigana’ semi-automatic pistols from America through Goldie Brar for the infamous Gogi gang.
Members of the gang allegedly attacked and killed Tillu Tajpuriya inside his Tihar jail cell in April this year. Canada-based Brar who had claimed responsibility for the killing of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala in Punjab’s Mansa district last year, also took responsibility for Tajpuriya’s killing.
After Bishoni’s confession to the NIA recorded in December last year, sleuths suspect that the guns given to the Gogoi gang by him could have been used in the killing of gangster-politician Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf. Atiq Ahmed and his brother were shot dead while they were being taken to a hospital in Prayagraj on April 15 night amid police presence.
Bishnoi revealed extensive information to NIA regarding his criminal endeavours and the numerous murders he has orchestrated. He said that when incarcerated in Bharatpur, Faridkot, and other prisons, he extracted a significant amount of cash from Rajasthani businessmen, amounting to crores of rupees in total.
Lawrence Bishnoi also acknowledged extorting cash from 10 club owners in Chandigarh, mall owners in Ambala, liquor industry executives, and sporadic bookmakers in Delhi and Punjab.
The murder of Youth Akali leader Vikramjit, also known as Vicky Middukhera, was allegedly planned, according to Lawrence Bishnoi, who also named criminals Amit Dagar and Kaushal Chowdhary as participants.
NIA was there when incarcerated criminal Lawrence Bishnoi confessed to his crimes and revealed his top 10 murder victims in December 2022. Their names are as follows- Salman Khan, (Hindi film superstar), Shagunpreet, (Manager of Sidhu Moose Wala), Mandeep Dhaliwal (Lucky Patial’s henchman), Kaushal Chowdhary, (Gangster), Amit Dagar, (Gangster), Sukhpreet Singh Buddha, (head of the Bambiha gang), Lucky Patial, (gangster), Rummy Masana, (henchman of Gounder gang), Gurpreet Sekhon, (leader of the Gounder gang), Bholu shooter, Sunny Lefty, and Anil Lath (murderers of Vicky Middukhera).
Bishnoi also informed NIA that he intended to assassinate Rummy Masana, a sniper for his rival Gounder gang, in order to get revenge for the murder of his cousin Amandeep.
After fugitive Harjinder Bhullar, also known by his alias Vicky Gounder, was slain by the Punjab Police in an encounter in January 2018, the Gounder gang was established. “Gurpreet is the current leader of the Gounder gang and he had provided weapons to Rummy Masana to kill my cousin”, Bishnoi said.
Bishnoi also revealed the specifics of his plot to assassinate the late Punjabi musician Sidhu Moose Wala, who was brutally murdered by gunmen in May last year in Punjab’s Mansa region.
Lawrence Bishnoi claimed to have sent Shahrukh, Danny, and Aman, three shooters to Moose Wala’s village in September and October of 2021. They were aided by Jaggu Bhagwanpuria and Mona Sarpanch to stay in the area. The strategy was later expanded, though, to accommodate additional shooters.
Lawrence Bishnoi purchased 25 firearms from arms dealers Kurban Chowdhary alias Shahzad for roughly Rs 2 crores between 2018 and 2022 with the aid of his close friend Rohit Chowdhary from Khurja in Uttar Pradesh. A 9 MM handgun and an AK 47 were among them. He said that Sidhu Moose Wala was murdered using these weapons.
On April 18, Delhi’s Patiala House Court granted seven days of custody of Bishnoi to the NIA in a terror funding to pro-Khalistani outfits-related case his advocate Vishal Chopra told ANI.