Four of the six shooters of singer Sidhu Musewala were hiding in a farm in Khyala village, about 10 km from the crime scene in Jawaharke village in Mansa district, but the shooters later escaped due to the inaction of Punjab as well as Haryana and Rajasthan police. Otherwise within a few hours of the offence, on the late evening of 29th May case could be resolved.
The Delhi Police later announced the identities of some of the shooters and apprehended 3 of them in separate operations, thus getting the first credit for solving the case. Interrogation revealed that the Punjab Police could not effectively seal the borders with Haryana and Rajasthan and set up inter-district and intra-district nakas to nab the fugitive shooters. Some officials said on condition of anonymity, police teams were also sent to Khyala village on the information of some villagers. However, most of the force had to be taken to the Civil Hospital in Mansa, where Moosewala’s fans were furious. In such a situation, the shooters had either left by the time the police arrived, or due to lack of force, the police could not search the fields properly.
Jagroop Roopa and Manpreet Mannu alias Mannu had escaped towards Barnala in a snatched Alto car after killing Moosewala. Both were killed about 50 days later in a police encounter in Tarn Taran. Others Priyavrata Fauji, Ankit Sersa, Kashish and Deepak Mundi fled towards Haryana. They lost their way and when they saw a PCR behind them they turned towards Khyala village where their Bolero car got stuck.
The shooters hid in a field, but the PCR vehicle left without stopping. This thing came to the fore during the first interrogation of the accused shooters by the Special Cell of Delhi Police and now these things have been confirmed by the statement of the same shooters to the Punjab Police. All this is mentioned in the police chargesheet (challan) filed in the Mansa court.