The sources added that the sharpshooters had with them an improvised hockey stick in which a pistol was hidden.
Mumbai: Sources close to the Mumbai Police team that interrogated Sourabh Mahakal, a member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, in connection with the threat letter to Bollywood actor Salman Khan, said the sharpshooters had reached near the gates of the residence of the actor but a change in Salman Khan’s schedule saved the actor by a whisker.
The sources added that the sharpshooters had with them an improvised hockey stick in which a pistol was hidden. The aim was to kill Salman Khan. To carry out the plan, a prior recce was conducted and the best time to eliminate Salman Khan was chosen in the morning, when the actor is least guarded, said Mumbai Police sources.
However, Sourabh Mahakal, also known as Siddhesh Kamble, reportedly reiterated that he was not the one to drop the threat letter at Salman Khan’s residence. He also revealed that three gangsters of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang had reached Mumbai from Rajasthan.
The Pune Rural Police on Wednesday had arrested Mahakal, one of the eight sharpshooters of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang named by the Punjab Police in the Sidhu Moosewala murder case. Mahakal was picked up for his alleged role in another murder case where a 24-year-old hardened criminal was shot dead in broad daylight in August last year.
The Pune Police are also hunting another sharpshooter, Santosh Jadhav, who too has been named in the Sidhu Moosewala murder case. Sources said, Jadhav is the main accused in the last year’s murder.
Mahakal’s arrest came a day after the Punjab Police on Tuesday had said that they have arrested at least eight persons for playing some role in the murder of Sidhu Moosewala. The police had also said that one among the eight arrested impersonated as Moosewala’s fan and had clicked a selfie with the singer outside his home moments before Sidhu Moosewala was killed.