Gangster shot dead outside gym in shopping mall in Malout

Archit Watts
Tribune News Service
Muktsar, December 2

Some “sharp-shooters” shot dead a gangster, Manpreet Singh, alias ‘Manna’, outside a gym in a shopping mall complex on Bathinda road in Malout town on Monday evening.

Manna (35), son of a former councillor of the Congress, had come to a gym on a Jaguar car along with his friend.

When the duo came out of the gym, the assailants present there in a Brezza car fired nearly 25 rounds.

Sources said six-seven bullets hit Manna’s head and chest which claimed his life.

He was taken to the Civil Hospital, Malout, where the doctors declared him dead. His friend Jacky Kalra, who suffered a minor injury on his leg, was busy giving statement to the police at the time of filing of this report.

Some people present at the spot said above 20 shells of used bullets and two live cartridges, apparently of some pistols, were recovered.

Meanwhile, the police reached the spot and the hospital and started investigation.

The situation was tense in Malout town after the news spread about the death of Manna. Sources said that though Manna was not a stakeholder in the liquor business yet he was very active in it.

Notably, Manna was facing many criminal cases, including the murderous attack on senior SAD leader Dyal Singh Kolianwali’s son Parminder in 2017.

Speaking over the phone, Raj Bachan Singh Sandhu, SSP, Muktsar, said, “The deceased was an old gangster, facing nearly seven cases. Four people came on a Brezza car and shot him dead. We are present on the spot and collecting evidence. As of now, we don’t have any information related to the incident.”

After Manna’s killing, a Facebook page in the name of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi in a post claimed that the murder was committed by Raju Bhisodi because Manna had turned police informer for the encounter of Ankit Bhadu.

Notably, this is not the first time when such claim has been made through a Facebook post. 

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