Sidhu Moosewala murder: A purported interview of Goldy Brar, the alleged mastermind behind the killing of Sidhu Moosewala, has surfaced in which the gangster is saying that he's not in the United States so the question of him being arrested doesn't arise, contrary to the claims made by the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.
Gangster Satinderjeet Singh alias Goldy Brar has been detained in California, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had confirmed on Friday.
However, days after Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann claimed that Goldy Brar was detained in California, a purported interview of the gangster surfaced online on Monday wherein he claimed that he was not held and nor was he in the US.
Mann on December 2 had confirmed in Ahmedabad in Gujarat that Brar had been detained by the police in California and that he would "definitely be brought to India". He will be in the custody of the Punjab Police "very soon", Mann had told reporters.
However, Brar in a purported interview given to a journalist on YouTube denied these claims. The authenticity of the interview could not be ascertained.
In the purported interview, the person calling himself Goldy Brar claimed that he had not been detained and also he was not in the US. In the audio clip of the interview, he could be heard contradicting Mann's claims about his detention.
Brar was the alleged mastermind behind the killing of singer Sidhu Moosewala in May this year. Mann has been under fire from the opposition parties over his claim of the detention of Brar.
Senior Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia had earlier asked the Punjab Police chief to confirm the news of detention of the gangster in the US, asserting that he did not trust the statement of the chief minister on the matter.
Majithia had accused Mann of lying to people and said he had information that Brar had not been held yet. He had claimed that the chief minister gave a misleading statement on the gangster.
Shiromani Akali Dal spokesman Arshdeep Singh Kaler asked Mann why he was mum after his claims on the detention of Brar had fallen flat as the purported interview of the gangster appeared in public domain.
Kaler said it was shocking that more than three days had passed since the chief minister made a “tall claim” on the detention of Brar in Gujarat with the sole motive to garner votes for the AAP.
Hitting back, Aam Aadmi Party chief spokesperson Malvinder Singh Kang slammed SAD leader Majithia for raising questions over the CM's statement on Brar.
It is amusing that Majithia is backing a notorious gangster's statement and raising questions over Punjab CM's statement, he said.
“My question to Majithia is that you are going by the claims of Goldy Brar about his detention but doubting the statement made by CM Bhagwant Mann,” Kang said.
Earlier, Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring had also asked the Punjab Director General of Police to clear air on the detention of Brar.
Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, popularly known as Sidhu Moosewala, was shot dead in Punjab's Mansa district on May 29.
Satinderjeet Singh alias Goldy Brar, a member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, claimed responsibility for the singer's brutal murder. A red corner notice, which allows the arrest and detention of a fugitive abroad, was issued against him.
Moosewala's murder was in retaliation to youth Akali leader Vicky Middukhera's killing that took place last year.
Brar, a member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, had moved to the US from Canada, where he was based since 2017. He claimed responsibility for the brutal murder of Moosewala on May 29, on behalf of the gang.
(With inputs from PTI)