2 May 2024

Salman Khan House Firing Case: CID to probe suspect's death in custody; family alleges foul play

In a troubling turn of events, the demise of a key suspect in the firing incident outside actor Salman Khan's residence has cast a shadow over the Mumbai Police. Anuj Thapan, implicated in supplying firearms to the assailants, was discovered deceased in police custody, prompting an investigation by the Crime Investigation Department (CID).

Hailing from Punjab, Thapan had been apprehended and confined in the crime branch's holding facility near the Mumbai Police headquarters. Authorities narrate that Thapan, along with five others, took his life by hanging himself with a bedsheet in the restroom around 11 am. Despite immediate medical attention, he succumbed during treatment, leading to a probe into the circumstances surrounding his death.

The police have initiated an inquiry into the incident, registering it as an accidental death, while also scrutinizing the conduct of the personnel overseeing the custody area. With surveillance cameras monitoring the premises and officers on duty, authorities aim to unravel the sequence of events leading to Thapan's demise, amidst allegations of negligence and foul play.

Deceased was worried he may not get bail

Reportedly, Thapan had expressed apprehension regarding his legal predicament and was worried he may not be able to secure bail, as informed by fellow accused. His recent arrest alongside Sonu Kumar Bishnoi from Fazilka, Punjab, for allegedly supplying weapons to the primary suspects involved in the shooting incident, had intensified the legal proceedings.

Family alleges murder

Thapan's death has sparked accusations of foul play from his family and legal representatives, who vehemently contest the notion of suicide, asserting it as a case of murder. Demanding transparency and justice, his brother Abhishek denounced the official narrative, while legal counsel Amit Mishra said a thorough investigation should be conducted.

"All four accused had earlier told the court that they feared for their safety. Within 48 hours, one of them is dead. This raises major questions about police's functioning," lawyer Amit Mishra told media.

Among the accused in the firing case are gangster Lawrence Bishnoi and his brother Anmol Bishnoi. Anmol Bishnoi had earlier claimed responsibility for the firing outside Salman Khan's home. The police have invoked charges under Indian Penal Code and the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act against the accused.

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