New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) Who would have thought 15 years ago that a chocolate boy from a remote Punjab village would get so lost in the hustle-bustle of college politics that one day he would turn into a top gangster leading over 700 criminals, ready to pull triggers on his one click.
Lawrence Bishnoi, ironically, the man whose name contains the word “law”, but unfortunately has no regard for it.
Born on February 12, 1992, Bishnoi grew up in Dutaranwali village of Punjab’s Ferozepur district and later came to Chandigarh when he was a teenager. He went to DAV school in Sector 15 from 2007-2009 and then after two years opted to pursue a degree in ‘law’ from the Panjab University, Chandigarh.
It was at this time, Lawrence began indulging in activities that finally made him enter the crossroads of the crime world.
The infatuation of the student politics at Panjab University has extreme potential to attract any student and entangle them in the world of politics and bloodshed. The student elections at the University have at times remained a bloody affair.
And Lawrence was no different. Gradually, starting from minor scuffles, he kept climbing one ladder after another to finally reach the place where he is right now.
Sources say for the first time, Lawrence was caught while cheating in an exam during his first year of college and even jumped out of the window to evade getting caught. He failed in first year, however, completed his graduation. Bishnoi’s jaunt to lockups continued every then and now for petty crimes.
But during his college days, Bishnoi, who wanted to be an athlete and surprisingly was regular to the ground met a new friend Sampat Nehra, who later joined the high ranks of being a top gangster.
Bishnoi also joined the Students of Panjab University (SOPU), a very active student political party and later contested the polls for the post of student president. It is at this time, both Sampat Nehra and Goldy Brar (the prime accused in Sidhu Moosewala’s murder) campaigned for him.
The trio were found involved in several cases of assault and in 2013, Brar and Bishnoi shot dead a rival candidate in the elections. After this, Bishnoi completely entered the world of crime and since then his trips to jails became frequent.
Later Bishnoi went underground in Rajasthan and made headlines a couple of years later when he vowed to kill Hindi cinema actor Salman Khan for his alleged involvement in the infamous black buck killing case.
In June 2021, Bishnoi was shifted to Tihar Jail and since then he has been several times found running his gang from inside the jail premises.
Now in May 2022, the 29-year-old Bishnoi once again made headlines after his name cropped up in the brutal killing of Punjabi singer Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, popularly known by his stage name Sidhu Moosewala.
In Delhi Police Special Cell’s custody, Bishnoi has even admitted that his gang was responsible for Moosewala’s brutal killing.
“Though denying his own role as he was lodged at the jail, Bishnoi has confessed that his gang could be responsible for the killing (Moosewala’s murder),” official sources said.
Currently lodged in Tihar Jail in a MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) case, Bishnoi is allegedly involved in more than five dozen criminal cases lodged against him in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab.
The Special Cell Is currently probing the incident from all angles and also grilling Bishnoi in the matter. It was also learnt that Bishnoi is not cooperating with the police.
“He is not disclosing details about the incident but admitted that his gang was behind it,” the sourceS said.
Meanwhile, Sachin Bishnoi, nephew of Lawrence Bishnoi, has claimed responsibility for Moosewala’s murder while speaking to a news channel.
He claimed that Mossewala’s murder was a revenge for the killing of Youth Akali Dal leader Vicky Middukhera last year in August.
Sources said that Vicky Middukhera was a close friend of Lawrence Bishnoi.