The Punjab Police, in a joint operation with the Himachal Pradesh Police, arrested a close aide of jailed gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, who played a key role in the planning, execution as well as providing shelter to killers of Youth Congress leader Gurlal Singh Bhalwan on the directions of Bishnoi and Canada-based Goldy Brar.
The suspect has been identified as Gagandeep Singh, alias Padda, alias Gagan Brar, alias Labh Singh Labhu, alias Gogi, of Panjgarai Kalan village in Kotkapura. He used to work as a bouncer in clubs and hotels of Chandigarh.DGP Dinkar Gupta, in a press communiqué, said the killing was organised by Goldy Brar, with help of Bishnoi, to avenge the murder of his cousin Gurlal Brar.
A few hours after the murder, a Facebook post purportedly by Bishnoi, currently lodged in Rajasthan’s Ajmer jail, linked the crime to the death of Gurlal Brar.
On February 21, the Delhi Police arrested three men — Gurvinder Pal, alias Gora, Sukhwinder Dhillon, and Saurabh Verma — involved in the murder. The next day, Punjab Police nabbed Gurpinder Singh, a resident of Ghania Wala village, in the murder case for providing weapons to the assailants. Investigations revealed Gora shared a flat with Gagan Brar in Kharar and the conspiracy was hatched in the rented accommodation. Gagan, being a close associate of Goldy Brar, was wanted by the Delhi Special Cell and Faridkot Police for his involvement in the murder. The Delhi Police had raided the Kharar accommodation, but Gagan gave them the slip. The DGP said based on inputs, teams of the Organised Crime Control Unit (OCCU) and Counter Intelligence Units of the Punjab Police were tasked with arresting the accused under the supervision of Additional DGP (ADGP) Internal Security RN Dhoke. The teams tracked Gagan’s location to Kasol and apprehended him in a joint operation with the Himachal Police. Gagan revealed he was working as a bouncer in night clubs in Chandigarh and was friends with Gora and Gurlal Brar for over five years. He had got the job through Gurlal Brar’s reference. The DGP said Gora introduced Gagan to Goldy Brar. On the instructions of Goldy, Gagan handed over a bagful of arms and ammunition to an unidentified person in Kharar, a day before the murder. This bag was brought by Gora and kept in his room’s wardrobe.
After the Delhi Police raided the accommodation, he took shelter in a friend’s flat in Kharar for two days and then went to Golden Temple in Amritsar, from where he went to McLeodganj before reaching Kasol. During his escape, Gagan remained in contact with Goldy through OTT apps and Goldy also sent him money via Google pay for expenses, he added.