Lawrence Bishnoi gave contract to kill Salman Khan to brother Anmol: sources

Sources added that Lawrence Bishnoi had planned three attempts to eliminate Salman Khan, but each one failed

Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi (photo: National Herald archives)
Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi (photo: National Herald archives)


Sources within the Special Cell have claimed that gangster Lawrence Bishnoi has given the contract to kill Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to his brother and fellow gangster, Anmol Bishnoi.

The sources added that Lawrence had planned three attempts to eliminate Salman, but each one failed. These three operations were led by gangsters Sampat Nehra, Deepak, and Tinu.

“The trio failed in their mission. Subsequently, Lawrence Bishnoi decided to assign the task of killing Salman Khan to someone else, opting for his brother Anmol to execute the operation,” a source said.

The sources also revealed that Lawrence’s gang has begun using German-made PS 30 pistols instead of the Turkish-made Zigana pistols. These pistols cost between Rs 8 and 10 lakh apiece, and the gang is receiving them from international associates.

“Ranjit Dupla, based in the USA, is in contact with members of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang. Dupla was previously a Punjab-based gangster who fled to the USA and is now an international arms dealer. In 2017, Dupla was declared a proclaimed offender by the District Court of Faridkot in Punjab, in connection with an arms smuggling case,” an official close to the case has said.

Sources said that Dupla also faces charges of murder, kidnapping, attempted murder, dacoity, and contract killing. He was last apprehended in 2014, with a significant number of foreign-made weapons recovered from him, which he used to supply to Punjab-based gangsters.

Currently, agencies are working to repatriate him to India. The sources also mentioned that the Lawrence Bishnoi gang is working to expand its network in India's Southern states, with Sampat Nehra recruiting young individuals into the gang.

“Kala Jathedi, Naresh Sethi, Rohit Mui, and Kapil Sangwan alias Nandu are openly providing full support to Lawrence Bishnoi. They are part of the Bishnoi syndicate,” a source said.

A chargesheet filed against Anmol Bishnoi by Delhi Police indicates that the gang also receives support from a London-based criminal. This chargesheet was filed in connection with a shooting and extortion incident in Delhi’s Sunlight Colony area.

The sources disclosed that Anmol Bishnoi recruited Akshay Bishnoi, a neighbour of Lawrence Bishnoi, into his gang. Akshay is considered the new face of the gang and was recently apprehended by Hanumangarh Police in Rajasthan. The Delhi Crime Branch will also interrogate him regarding cases of extortion in upcoming weeks.

“Through social media, a resident of Gujarat named David joined Akshay’s team to work for the Bishnoi network. Akshay’s tasks include recruiting juveniles and providing logistical support to gang members,” the sources said.

They also said that they would inform Mumbai Police of any new information related to Salman Khan.

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