Salman Khan firing case: Suspect held in Haryana sent to custody till May 22

A Mumbai court on Tuesday remanded a suspect arrested from Haryana in connection with Salman Khan firing case to the custody of Mumbai Police till May 22, reported the PTI.

The suspect, a member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang was arrested in connection with firing outside Bollywood superstar Salman Khan`s residence which took place last month.

The suspect was identified as Harpal Singh (34), a resident of Fatehabad in Haryana. He was apprehended by the Mumbai Crime Branch from his hometown on Monday evening, an official said, as per the PTI.

After being brought to Mumbai, Harpal Singh was produced before a special MCOCA court in Mumbai.

According to the PTI, the police sought his remand for 14 days on the ground that the probe was at an initial stage and a thorough investigation was needed to ascertain the role of the accused in the case.

His name came to light during the interrogation of an accused arrested earlier in the case, the prosecution said, the news agency reported.

In the court proceeding held in-camera, special judge B D Shelke remanded Harpal Singh to police custody till May 22.

Harpal Singh is the sixth accused to be arrested in connection with the firing incident.

Two motorcycle-borne persons opened fire outside Khan`s residence at the Galaxy Apartment in Mumbai`s Bandra area on April 14 and fled the spot.
Singh`s name surfaced during the interrogation of accused Mohammed Rafique Chowdhary, another Bishnoi gang member who was arrested earlier this month in the firing case, a police official said.

Harpal Singh had asked Chowdhary to conduct a recce around Khan`s residence and also gave Rs 2-3 lakh to him, the police said.

Lawrence Bishnoi, currently lodged in the Sabarmati central prison in Gujarat`s Ahmedabad, and his younger brother Anmol Bishnoi, who is believed to be in the US or Canada, have been named in the firing case.

The alleged shooters, Sagar Pal and Vicky Gupta, both hailing from Bihar, were arrested from Gujarat within 48 hours of the April 14 firing incident.
Sonu Bishnoi and Anuj Thapan, who allegedly delivered weapons to the shooters, were nabbed later from Punjab.

Anuj Thapan allegedly hanged himself in a police lock-up here on May 1.

(with PTI inputs)

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