Gangster-singer link: NIA grills two more Punjabi singers

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) questioned Punjabi singers Mankirt Aulakh and Dilpreet Dhillon for around five hours at the agency’s headquarters in New Delhi as part of an investigation into the gangster-terrorist syndicate.

It comes a week after the NIA interviewed Punjabi singer and close friend of Sidhu Moose Wala, Afsana Khan in New Delhi, with a particular focus on her association with the murdered Punjabi singer. She shared a close proximity with Moose Wala and called herself his sister.

According to sources, during the interrogation, the two were asked about their ties to the Bishnoi gang and its leader, Lawrence Bishnoi, who is the mastermind of the Moose Wala murder. Additionally, sources said the NIA has also been looking for other information, including details about the two singers’ upcoming music albums and financial investments. According to NIA sources, the two were interviewed separately.

The Bambiha gang and the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, which police say orchestrated the murder of Moose Wala, are big rivals. The NIA had carried out massive raids at least twice to unearth the network of criminal gangsters.

After Moose Wala’s murder, the Bambiha gang claimed that Aulakh was involved in Moose Wala’s murder and even threatened to kill him in revenge for the murder. However, Aulakh has refuted the allegations of his involvement in the murder. Aulakh had left the country days after Moose Wala’s murder and returned to India last week.

According to sources, Khan was also questioned about her association with Davinder Bambiha’s gang based on information gleaned from the interrogation of a few gangsters recently arrested in connection with the Moose Wala murder.


    Parteek Singh Mahal is a multimedia correspondent based in Faridkot, Punjab. It covers medical education, politics and policing of Punjab.
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