Sangrur police start raids to arrest singer Sidhu Moosewala, others

'After addition of Sections 25, 30 of Arms Act , it has become non–bailable offence'

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A videograb of Sidhu Moosewala shooting at a firing range.

Sangrur, May 20: In more trouble for Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala and suspended cops, Sangrur police have started conducting raids to arrest them.

“Since after the addition of Sections 25, 30 of the Arms Act in the FIR registered against Moosewala and others, now it is a non–bailable offence. We have formed special teams and started raids to arrest the accused,” said Gurmeet Singh, SP, Punjab Bureau of Investigation.

On the directions of Patiala IG Jatinder Singh Aulakh last week, Sangrur and Barnala SSPs had deputed SP-rank officers for an investigation into the matter.

“Our seniors are supervising the investigations and no one would be spared for violation of law,” said the SP.

On May 4, after a video showing the singer shooting at a firing range in Badbar went viral on the social media, the Dhanauala police, on the directions of Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta, had registered a case under Section 188 of the IPC and Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act against Moosewala and five policemen. These included Sub-inspector Balkar Singh, Head Constables Gagandeep Singh and Gurjinder Singh, Constables Jasvir Singh, Harwinder Singh and three others, Karam Singh Lehal, Inder Singh Grewal and Jang Sher Singh.

But within 24 hours, another FIR was also registered against all under the same sections at Dhuri Sadar police station on May 5 after another video showing Moosewala firing from his private pistol at Laddai Kothi shooting range surfaced.

On May 17, police had added Sections 25 and 30 of the Arms Act to both FIRs registered against Moosewala and others.

“Investigations are underway and we are conducting thorough investigations,” said Sandeep Goel, SSP, Barnala.