Indian singer-politician Sidhu Moose Wala shot dead in Punjab

Indian singer and politician Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead on Sunday in Punjab, reported Hindustan Times. The report said the incident occurred a day after the local police curtailed the security of 424 VIPs, which also included Moose Wala. It was reported that he, along with two others, was four kilometres away from his home in Moosa village when unidentified individuals opened fire at his vehicle.

The Wire reported that his fan-following was in the “millions”, extending all the way to countries such as the US, UK, Canada and Australia. “He was famous for his rap songs with hard-hitting, sarcastic content which asked questions of society, politicians, religious leaders, rival singers and spoke of the country’s problems,” the report added. Indian politicians condemned the news and extended their condolences at the tragedy.

“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the gruesome murder of Siddhu Moosewala. Nobody involved will be spared,” said Indian Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.

Canada-based Goldy Brar and jailed gangster Lawrence Bishnoi are allegedly involved in the murder, Punjab DGP VK Bhawra said on Sunday evening at a press briefing.

“The Punjab DGP should be ashamed as it is his responsibility to control law and order… but he is running away from his responsibility by saying it is a gang rivalry. We will go to the high court and will meet the governor. If we didn’t get justice then we’ll also meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah,” the Punjab Congress chief was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

“It has happened due to government’s failure and police’s incompetence. It needs to be investigated by a sitting judge and the National Investigation Agency. It’s a political murder. The government should step down,” he added.

“Why was his (Sidhu Moose Wala) security reduced? In two months, 40-45 people lost their lives including a Kabaddi player. We will meet Union Home Minister, governor and will also appeal in the high court,” Warrning said.

Earlier, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had tweeted: “Sidhu Moosewala ji was a talented artist who brought laurels to the country and Punjab all over the world. The Aam Aadmi Party government has turned Punjab’s law and order into Jungle Raj and has handed over the security system to political likes and dislikes.”

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