In a blow to the image of the AAP government in Punjab, Deepak Tinu, a close aide of jailed gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, who was arrested for his involvement in the murder of the Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, escaped from the custody of the Crime Investigations Agency (CIA), Mansa, official sources said today.
Punjab Police had submitted in court the charge sheet of Tinu in the Moosewala murder case. He escaped the CIA custody last night when the cops brought him on a production warrant from Goindwal Sahib jail in another case, sources said.
Both Tinu and gangster Sampat Nehra are close aides of Bishnoi, also an accused in the murder case of the Punjabi singer — sources said.
A massive search operation has been launched to arrest Tinu all over again.
DGP Gaurav Yadav said a team of the Anti-Gangster Task Force led by AIG Gurmeet Chauhan had been rushed to Mansa.
When asked about the incident, Patiala Range Inspector General Mukhwinder Singh Chhina, who is currently holding additional charge as Bathinda Range IG, said, “We are working on it, police parties are on the job and we will catch him soon.”
Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, popularly known as Sidhu Moosewala, was shot dead in Punjab’s Mansa district on 29 May. The assailants killed him when he was on his way to Jawahar Ke village in Mansa in a jeep with his friend and cousin. His vehicle was waylaid and six shooters sprayed bullets on him.
After the murder, Goldy Brar, a member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, claimed responsibility for the murder.
Tinu is among 24 accused against whom the police have filed charge sheets in the murder case.