Murder of Sidhu Moosewala: Shame on the Punjab police as the CBI requests a red corner notice against Goldy Brar on May 30, a day after the singer was murdered : The Tribune India


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New Delhi, June 9

To set the record straight, India’s Interpol liaison agency CBI issued a statement on Thursday saying that Punjab Police had filed for a Red Corner Notice against Goldy Brar, who claimed responsibility for the murder of singer Sidhu Moosewala, who was only on 30 September. May, a day after the murder.

Satinderjeet Singh, aka Goldy Brar, currently resides in Canada.

The CBI statement came as a shock to the Punjab police, who on Wednesday claimed they filed a Red Corner Notice against mobster Brar nearly 10 days before Moosewala’s murder on May 29.

The CBI said a notice was received from the Bureau of Investigation, Punjab Police via an email on May 30 at 12:25 PM with a letter dated May 19 attached requesting the issuance of a Red Notice against Brar in two FIRs registered by Punjab Police – FIR No 409 of Nov 12, 2020 and FIR No 44 of Feb 18, 2021 — at City Police Station, Faridkot.

Twenty-seven-year-old singing sensation Moosewala, who had fought the recent parliamentary elections in Punjab on a congress ticket, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Punjab’s Mansa district on May 29, a day after the state government cut its security coverage. More than 30 empty shell casings of bullets were found near his SUV in which he was killed.

“In the present case, the proposal for the issuance of Red Notice (RCN) against Satinderjeet Singh alias Goldy…a hard copy of the same proposal was received from the Punjab Police Department in IPCU, CBI, New Delhi on May 30, 2022,” it said.

The notice was sent nearly six months after a court issued arrest warrants against accused Brar in both cases under investigation by state police, sources said.

The CBI said Red Notice is neither mandatory nor a requirement for sending an extradition request, especially when the subject’s location is known.

The Red Notice warns enforcement agencies of 195 Interpol member states to locate and detain a fugitive wanted by a requesting member state.

FIR number 409 relates to a shooting near the Kataria gas pump in Faridkot on November 11, 2020, with charges being filed in November 2021 and arrest warrants issued on October 1, 2021, they said.

The second FIR concerns the murder of Gurlal Singh in Faridkot on February 18, 2021, with charges also being filed in November 2021. The arrest warrants were opened on September 13, 2021, they said.

“After processing for confirmation of the required requirements, the red notification proposal was urgently forwarded to INTERPOL (Headquarters), Lyon on 02/06/2022,” said the spokesman for the CBI.

He said the CBI’s International Police Cooperation Unit (IPCU) is coordinating requests from sister law enforcement agencies for informal coordination through Interpol, including requests for the issuance of color-coded notices.

“IPCU, CBI monitors eligibility requests under Interpol’s data processing rules to ensure that the request is complete and the notices are issued early. The final issuance of notices is done by Interpol (HQ), Lyon (France) in accordance with data processing rules,” he said.

The agency said the request for a Red Notice against Harwinder Singh Rinda had been sent to Interpol headquarters.

“It is further clarified that Interpol channels are used for informal international police-to-police cooperation and a red notice is neither mandatory nor a requirement for sending extradition requests, especially when the person’s location is known,” the statement said. . †

He said the CBI has assisted all law enforcement agencies in international cooperation and has committed itself to assist in the best possible way through various international channels.

A spokesman for the Punjab police had said the state police had left no stone unturned for the extradition of mobster Goldy Brar.

Brar, a resident of Sri Muktsar Sahib, had gone to Canada on a student visa in 2017 and he is an active member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang.

He had claimed responsibility for Moosewala’s murder.

The killing was in retaliation for the murder of young Akali leader Vicky Middukhera last year.

The Punjab Police have so far arrested eight people in connection with the murder of Moosewala.

The police spokesman said they had also filed for a Red Corner Notice against gangster terrorist Harwinder Singh Sandhu, aka Rinda, of Rattoke village, Tarn Taran.

Rinda, who in the recent past is responsible for the introduction and operationalization of many terrorist modules in Punjab, is now based in Pakistan.

The Pakistani-backed terrorist is also responsible for smuggling a huge amount of weapons and ammunition into India, police said.

Huge amounts of weapons, ammunition and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) recovered from four people arrested in Karnal in May also belonged to Rinda, it said.

Most recently, he was responsible for a rocket-propelled grenade attack on the state police intelligence headquarters in Mohali and an IED attack on a Kahlwan police post in Anandpur Sahib.

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