Two Bihar men held for firing at Salman’s home | India News

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MUMBAI: City crime branch early Tuesday arrested two men, identified as Vicky alias Vikas Gupta (24) and Sagar Pal (21), in Gujarat, for allegedly firing four rounds at the Bandra home of actor Salman Khan early on Sunday.
Police said the two, who hail from Bihar’s West Champaran district, were looking for refuge among devotees gathered for Navratri celebration at Matanamadh temple about 95km from Bhuj.
They reportedly told police that jailed gangster Lawrence Bishnoi‘s brother Anmol had told them that the actor should be punished for hunting a black buck in Bawad in Mathania near Jodhpur in 1998.
The two told police they were specifically asked to fire at and frighten the actor for which they received around Rs 1 lakh; Rs 3 lakh more was promised after the job.
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Unit 9 of the crime branch team led by inspector Daya Nayak arrested the accused from Bhuj and produced the accused before the 37th Metropolitan Magistrate and sought their police custody. The duo has been booked under the Indian Penal Code for attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy as well as the Arms Act, and remanded to police custody till April 25. Lawrence and Anmol have been shown as accused in the case.
Police are likely to move court to seek Lawrence’s police custody from Tihar jail and open a look out circular (LOC) against Anmol, who is based in Canada and who is a key accused in recruiting the two youths as well as claiming responsibility for the firing and indirectly issuing threats to Khan through social media.
Chief minister Eknath Shinde visited actor Khan’s residence on Tuesday and said stringent action will be taken against those involved in the firing and that he has instructed city police commissioner to strengthen security cover for Khan and his family.
Police said Anmol reportedly told the duo if they succeeded in firing two full magazines of bullets into Khan’s home, they would not only get fame in the world of crime, but would also be suitably rewarded.
Lakhmi Gautam, joint commissioner of police (crime) said, “While Vicky is Class 10 pass, Sagar is Class 8 pass and we are checking their antecedents if they have any previous cases. Both hail from Champaran in Bihar. The accused have carried out the firing at the behest of Lawrence Bishnoi for monetary consideration and prima facie investigation suggest that the accused have done three to four recces and were spotted near Taj Land’s end at Bandra.”
Gautam said they are also exploring whether Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) can be invoked in the case.
“Anmol who was communicating with the two accused had asked them to fire at least two full magazines of bullets (one magazine contains five bullets) into Khan’s home and they were told just to frighten him and not to harm anyone. On Saturday and stayed the whole night roaming at Bandstand until 4.51 am when they moved towards Khan’s apartment and fired four rounds from a slowly moving bike. While four bullets were fired smoothly, the fifth got stuck and accidentally fell live. They fled from the scene of crime,” said a police source.
“We are trying to identify the person who had delivered the weapon and cash to the accused on behalf of Anmol,” said an officer.

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