The murder of an Indian singer named Sidhu Moose Wala in the northern Indian state of Punjab, a day after his security cover was trimmed, has sparked anger all over the world. Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, also known as Sidhu Moose Wala, was shot by unidentified person while he was travelling in the state’s Mansa district on Sunday evening. Two other were severely injured in the deadest attack.
Police said they were probing into the matter, and that they suspected the involvement of gangs in the crime.
State police chief VK Bhawra said on Sunday evening that a Canada-based gangster had claimed responsibility for the attack.
The police chief also added that Sidhu Moose Wala’s security detail had been reduced to two commandos from four, and that these officers were not travelling with the victim while he was attacked.
The brutal death of the singer sparked a political storm in Punjab as opposition leaders questioned why the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, had scaled down security protection for over 400 people, including the singer – Moose Wala.
Chief Minister Mann had said some steps were taken by the government to curb down on the so-called “VIP culture” in India which privileges politicians above lay men.
Police officials said it was also done to deploy more security at the anniversary of the controversial Operation Blue Star – when the Indian army stormed the Sikhs’ most sacred shrine.
But the move had become controversial after the names of the people on the list were aired on social media, with some pointing out that it increased the threat to their lives.
Mr Mann promised that the culprits of Moose Wala’s murder would be punished. He also advised people to maintain law and order after protests erupted in some parts of the state.
Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader, said, he was deeply stunned by Moose Wala’s murder – the singer had joined the party last year.
One of the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Manjinder Singh Sirsa also urged federal home minister Amit Shah to probe into the matter that how the list of persons whose security was withdrawn got leaked.
Moose Wala, known for his unpredictable and jumpy lyrics, was one of Punjab’s biggest pop stars. He was also a subject of intense public argument who had several quarrels with the law.
Some critics in India often called him out for indorsing gun culture – a major alarm in Punjab – through his songs and social media activity.
In May 2020, Sidhu Moose Wala was booked for firing an AK-47 rifle at a shooting range during the Covid -19 lockdown.
He also had a police case against him for promulgating the violence and gun culture through his song Sanju.
He lost the state assembly election earlier this year as a Congress candidate.
The death of the singer shocked the whole country and beyond. He was highly popular in Canada, and social media is demanding justice for Moose Wala.
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