Salman Khan residence firing: Accused dies by alleged suicide in police custody, brother accuses law enforcement of murder

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The brother of one of the accused in the Salman Khan residence firing case has accused the law enforcement of foul play after his sibling, Anuj Thapan, died by allegedly committing suicide whereas on police custody on Wednesday.

Anuj Thapan allegedly committed suicide (left), actor Salman Khan. Photo courtesy: Free Press Journal
Anuj Thapan (left), actor Salman Khan. Photo courtesy: Free Press Journal

The accused, Thapan, had equipped weapons for the firing outdoors the actor’s Galaxy Apartment residence in Mumbai. A police officer revealed that Thapan took his personal life in the toilet of the Crime Branch lockup.

According to police sources, at round 11 AM, Thapan went to the lockup rest room. Around 12:30 PM, when the police officer assigned to lockup responsibility went for checking, he noticed that Thapan had dedicated suicide inside the toilet. He used a material carpet to hold himself from the toilet window of the lockup.

The policeman knowledgeable the senior officers that Thapan had hanged himself, after which he was instantly rushed to the close by Gokuldas Tejpal (GT) Hospital, the place docs declared him lifeless on arrival.

A police officer revealed that in the lockup the place Thapan dedicated suicide, a complete of 10 suspects have been detained, out of which two suspects, who have been arrested by one other unit, have been taken away. The two suspects, recognized as Vicky Gupta and Sagar Pal in the Salman Khan firing case, have been taken for questioning by the crime department officers.

At the time, there have been a complete of six suspects in the lockup. The officer talked about that on Wednesday morning, all of the detainees in the lockup have been served tea and breakfast, and Thapan additionally had the identical in the morning.


Police officers mentioned that the realm from the lockup to the toilet entry is underneath CCTV surveillance, however there isn’t a CCTV inside the toilet the place he hanged himself. Every week in the past, the police arrested two accused from Punjab whereas taking motion. This included 37-year-old Sonu Subhash Bishnoi and 32-year-old Anuj Thapan.

Who was Anuj Thapan?

According to info, Anuj was in contact with the Lawrence Bishnoi gang. He labored as a truck helper. Mumbai Crime Branch recovered a pistol and a few reside cartridges from the Tapi River in Surat. The Crime Branch claimed that these have been the identical weapons used for the firing at Salman Khan’s home on April 14. Crime Branch officers mentioned that Gupta and Pal have been supplied with weapons by Bishnoi and Thapan.

According to the police, these weapons have been equipped by Thapan and Subhash. They had offered two country-made pistols and cartridges to the accused Gupta and Pal, who opened fireplace. Thapan already has a number of instances registered towards him underneath Arms Act and extortion.

Third suicide in 9 months

This is the third incident of suicide in lockup in the final 9 months. Earlier, on September 8, 2023, Vikram Atwal, a 40-year-old housekeeping staffer at a residential society in Marol (Powai), reportedly died by suicide whereas in police custody in Andheri. Earlier, on September 3, Atwal was alleged to have killed air hostess Rupal Ogrey at her flat in Marol, Mumbai, earlier than taking his personal life in the toilet.

On July twenty eighth, Deepak Jadhav, 28, who was arrested in reference to a murder case, allegedly took his personal life contained in the Borivali General Police lock-up. Jadhav, a resident of Borivali West, was transferred to Yerwada Jail after being arrested by the Bharati Vidyapeeth Police Station in Pune in reference to the murder case.

Borivali police had detained Jadhav in reference to a case of assault with the courtroom’s permission and he was stored in the overall police lock-up till July twenty eighth as per the courtroom’s orders. However, earlier than his subsequent courtroom look, he allegedly dedicated suicide. The motive behind this alleged suicide remains to be unclear.

(The article is revealed underneath a mutual content material partnership association betweenThe Free Press JournalandConnected to India)

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