Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala gunned down in Mansa village a day after security coverage cut : The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Chandigarh, May 29

Famous Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Mansa district, a day after the state government pulled his security blanket. He was driving the Mahindra Thar SUV when the attackers, believed to number 10-12, fired more than 20 shots at close range at the singer and his two friends, who were seriously injured.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Mansa) Gobinder Singh said multiple bullets hit Moosewala, 27, who was in his jeep in Jawahar Ke town when he was attacked. Mansa’s civilian surgeon, Dr Ranjeet Rai, told reporters that Moosewala was brought dead to the civilian hospital.

Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu Moose Wala aka Sidhu Moosewala contested the Punjab Assembly election in 2022 on a Mansa Constituency Congress ticket and lost his first poll to Dr. Vijay Singla of AAP. Interestingly, Dr Singla was recently sacked from the Punjab cabinet for corruption.

The incident came a day after Punjab police ordered the removal of more than 420 people from security, including former legislators, Jathedars of two Takhts, dera leaders and police officers. Two of his four gunmen were removed with the new government order. Moosewala was without security when the crime happened.

Furthermore, he was traveling in a vehicle that was not bulletproof. Normally, he used his bulletproof Toyota Fortuner to get around, police said.

Leaving behind his famous label as one of the best Punjabi rap singers with fans around the world, Moosewala, belonging to the native village of Moosa, did not hesitate to sing verses of his songs and pose for countless selfies with the electorate, largely newbies, during his campaign.

With assets of Rs 7.87 crore according to his affidavit of appointment, the singer-turned-politician, who enjoyed riding in an open jeep, was facing four criminal cases, two of them for lewd scenes.

Controversies were not new to Moosewala. He caused a stir by allegedly misusing the name of 18th century Sikh warrior Mai Bhago in his track with panthic bodies demanding his arrest for hurting Sikh feelings. He then apologized.

Moosewala, who was facing charges for promoting violence and gun culture in his song “Sanju”, had joined Congress on December 3, 2021.

Moosewala, who carved out a niche for himself with his unique rapping style, was known for his hits like “Legend”, “Devil”, “Just listen”, “Jatt da Muqabala” and “Hathyar”, among others. Many of his songs were on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 charts.

He played the protagonist of the Punjabi film ‘Moosa Jatt’. His other film “Yes, I’m a Student” was a story that highlights the struggles of international students but inspires them to never give up hope.

“I don’t enter politics for status or to earn praise. I want to be part of the system to transform it. I join Congress to make the voice of the people heard. I join Congress because the party has leaders who come from common families,” said Moosewala, who went to Canada in 2016 as an international student, the day he entered politics. With IANS and PTI entries

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