LUDHIANA: The nephew of former Punjab assembly president Nirmal Singh Kahlon, a leader of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), was arrested by Ludhiana police in connection with the killing of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala on Saturday.
According to the police, Sandeep Singh Kahlon alias Sona, on the recommendation of the gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, had helped three ‘suspected shooters’ to reach Bathinda with weapons, with the help of his friend Satbir Singh, who has already been arrested by the police.
Sandeep Singh, who is a panchayat secretary in Hargobindpur in Gurdaspur, was arrested by police near the Barewal canal.
It was produced in front of the courthouse on Saturday. The court sent him into police custody for three days.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigative) Varinder Singh Brar said: “On June 30, Ludhiana police arrested Satbir Singh with an illegal pistol while his car was captured at a service station in Bathinda with suspected shooters. During interrogation Satbir said he had dropped three suspected shooters, two of whom were identified as Mandeep Singh Toofan and Manpreet Singh Mani, on the recommendation of his friend Sandeep Kahlon, grandson of the SAD leader. Subsequently, the police booked Sandeep Kahlon. Satbir also claimed that he was unaware that the people he was leaving in Bathinda were criminals. ”
Brar added that, during interrogation, Satbir also claimed that Kahlon had given an illegal gun for his “personal safety” after Moose Wala’s murder and was also preparing a fake passport to help him escape overseas.
DCP Brar said, Kahlon and Satbir own horse farms and were very close friends. After his arrest, Kahlon stated that gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria (who is already in police custody for questioning in connection with the Moose Wala case) had asked him to help Toofan, Mani and his partner get to Bathinda.