Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead in the Jawaharke village of Mansa district on Sunday.
Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Jawaharke village of Mansa district on Sunday, May 29.
This follows a day after the Punjab Police withdrew the security of 424 people, including Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala.
Update (May 30, 11:30 am) | Here’s what we know so far in the case:
Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar has claimed responsibility for Sidhu Moose Wala’s murder. Brar, who has close ties to the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, said in a Facebook post that he had killed Moose Wala to avenge the death of gangster Vicky Middukhera.
Punjab Police are in the process of remanding Lawrence Bishnoi, a close associate of Goldy Brar, who is lodged in Tihar Jail number 8. He will be questioned in connection with the shooting.
Based on a complaint by Moose Wala’s father, an FIR has been registered under sections: 302, 307, 341, 148, 149, 427, 120-B of the Indian Penal Code and sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act.
Sources told India Today that an AN-94 Russian assault rifle (Avtomat Nikonova model of 1994) was used to shoot and kill Sidhu Moose Wala. Moreover, the number plates of the vehicles used in the attack are fake.
Punjab Director General of Police VK Bhawra Sunday said Sidhu Moose Wala’s murder seemed to be the fallout of an inter-gang rivalry. He added that 30 rounds of bullets were fired at the singer and at least three weapons might have been used in the crime.
Sidhu Moose Wala had contested this year’s Punjab assembly election on a Congress ticket from Mansa and was defeated by AAP candidate Vijay Singla by a huge margin of 63,000 votes. Vijay Singla was recently sacked by Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann over charges of corruption.
Condolences pour in for Sidhu Moose Wala
Condoling the Punjabi singer’s death, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, “Deeply shocked at the broad daylight murder of Sidhu Moose Wala. Punjab and Punjabis across the world have lost a talented artist with mass connections, who could feel people’s pulse. My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and fans across the world.”
Following the incident, BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa demanded an FIR against Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann over “negligence of chief ministerial duties”.
“We have been warning the Punjab Government to pay attention to Punjab’s situation. I demand an FIR against Bhagwant Mann for the negligence of his Chief Ministerial duties which has cost the life of Sidhu Moosewala. Bhagwant Mann along with Arvind Kejriwal should be booked,” Manjinder Singh Sirsa said.
Who was Sidhu Moose Wala?
Born on June 17, 1993, Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu aka Sidhu Moose Wala belonged to the Moose Wala village in Mansa district. Moose Wala had a fan following running into millions and was popular for his rap.
Moose Wala held a degree in electrical engineering. He had learned music during his college days and later moved to Canada.
Sidhu Moose Wala was also known as one of the most controversial Punjabi singers, openly promoting gun culture, and glorifying gangsters in provocative songs. His song ‘Jatti Jeonay Morh Di Bandook Wargi’, released in September 2019, kicked off a controversy over a reference to 18th-century Sikh warrior Mai Bhago. He was accused of showing this Sikh warrior in a poor light. Moose Wala later apologized.