Santosh Jadhav is an Indian sharpshooter and criminal, who hails from Pune. He is associated with the Arun Gawli gang. In June 2022, he was suspected to be one of the eight sharpshooters who were involved in the murder of the Punjabi singer and Congress leader Sidhu Moosewala.
Santosh Jadhav was born in 1999 (age 23 years; as of 2022) in Pokhari village in Parner taluka in Ahmednagar district of the state of Maharashtra. His father passed away when he was just 13 years old. After the demise of his father, Jadhav’s family relocated to Manchar in Ambegaon taluka of the Pune district of Maharashtra. According to his mother, Santosh was warm-hearted as a child, however, after the demise of his father, he came under the bad influence of his friends. Despite several efforts, Santosh’s mother could not transform him into a good person again.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Parents & Siblings
Santosh Jadhav’s mother’s name is Sita Sunil Jadhav. His father, Sunil Jadhav, died in 2012. He has a younger sister.
Wife & Children
Santosh is married. Not much is known about his wife. He has a daughter.
Santosh Jadhav has around four criminal cases registered against him at Manchar police station. In 2019, Jadhav was accused of committing a rape. In August 2021, a case was registered against Santosh in the Manchar police station for his involvement in the murder of Ranya alias Omkar Bankhile. Since then, he has been absconding the police custody. Besides that, Manchar police have also registered a case of obtaining ransom and a case of theft against him. Jadhav fled Manchar and moved to Rajasthan after his name popped up in the Omkar Bankhile murder case. In 2021, he went into hiding in Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana. After he was suspected to be a killer in the Moosewala murder case, he moved to Pune for a brief period before eventually fleeing to Nepal.
Involvement in Sidhu Moosewala’s Murder
On 29 May 2022, the Punjabi singer and Congress leader Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead at around 5:30 pm in Jawaharke village in the Mansa district of Punjab. Reportedly, 40 rounds were fired at him, of which, 7 bullets hit him directly. He suffered 19 wounds on his body and passed away within 15 minutes of being shot. Apparently, he was travelling in his Thar jeep when he was chased by a Bolero and Corolla, following which, he was shot dead. A few hours after his murder, the Indian gangsters Goldy Brar, Lawrence Bishnoi, and Sachin Bishnoi took the responsibility for his murder via Facebook posts from their respective accounts. As the probe into the Moosewala murder case intensified, the Pune Police, which had earlier arrested sharp shooter Sourav Mahakal in the case, suspected the involvement of Santosh Jadhav in Moosewala’s murder. During a media conversation, Abhinav Deshmukh, the superintendent of Pune Police, said,
The Pune police officials on Monday spoke with Mansa police, who believe Jadhav is likely to be among the shooters involved in Moosewala’s murder. The Punjab Police is probing the case and we will provide any help needed.”
He further said that Jadhav has been working for the Bishnoi gang whose members along with him are accused of another offence at Gangapur in Rajasthan. Soon after, Jadhav’s name popped up in the case, the Punjab Police issued a lookout notice against him and also released his photograph. As per some sources, Jadhav has fled to Nepal. During the police interrogation, the sharpshooter Sourav Mahakal revealed that Jadhav was in Pune just three days before the Punjab Police had released his picture.
- During an interview in 2022, Santosh’s mother shared that the last time she had met her son was a year and a half ago. She further said that if her son was guilty, he should have been handed to the police. Concluding her conversation, she said that she was not going to support her son in his criminal activities.
- In another conversation, Santosh’s mother said, no one becomes a criminal without a reason, it is only when certain injustices happen to him, he chooses the world of crime.
- In 2022, Santosh Jadhav’s name was also involved in the Salman Khan threat letter case. However, later, the Mumbai police cleared that Jadhav had no direct link to the case. During a media conversation, a Mumbai police official said,
Bishnoi gang member Mahakal, shooter Santosh Jadhav have no link with Salman Khan threat letter case. They are not the suspects in this case.”
- According to the Maharashtra police, Santosh Jadhav had undergone advanced weapon training.