Sidhu Moosewala was cremated in his native village; thousands pay final respects: The Tribune India
Chandigarh, May 31
A sea of mourners bid a tearful farewell to popular Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, who was cremated in his home village in Mansa district on Tuesday afternoon.
The body of the 28-year-old singer and politician, who was shot dead on Sunday, was brought to his home in the village of Moosa under tight security on Tuesday morning from Mansa Civil Hospital, where the autopsy was carried out.
Moosewala’s family, including his parents, were inconsolable as they sat next to the body in their home. His mother was seen trying to console her husband as people from Punjab, Rajasthan and Chandigarh, among others, lined up in large numbers to get a last glimpse of the singer.
The singer’s favorite tractor, which featured in several of his music videos, was adorned with flowers for its final drive to a family field for cremation.
Despite the scorching heat, mourners joined the funeral procession as Moosewala’s father and mother stood on the tractor with folded hands, accompanying their son on his final journey.
Some of his fans wore t-shirts with Moosewala’s picture printed on them. The singer’s father, Balkour Singh, even took off his turban when he saw the sea over the mourners.
Punjab Congress leader Amrinder Singh Raja Warring was present during the funeral procession. A large police force has been deployed to the murdered singer’s residence as well as the cremation site. People praised Moosewala for his songs and even threw slogans in his favor.
“He was a good-natured man. He would never say no to anyone for a selfie. We are sad that he is not with us today,” said a villager.
Some villagers and fans have expressed their anger over the Punjab police who pruned Moosewala’s security blanket just a day before he was shot and demanded the strictest punishment for the killers.
“Those who are behind the killing of Moosewala should be punished in an exemplary manner,” said an old man from Jalandhar.
Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, known as Sidhu Moosewala, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Mansa district of Punjab on Sunday. His cousin and a friend, who were traveling with him in a Mahindra Thar jeep, were also injured in the attack.
The popular Punjabi singer had fought in the recent Punjab assembly elections on a Mansa Congress ticket and was beaten by AAP’s Vijay Singla.
He was among 424 people whose security was temporarily withdrawn or reduced by Punjab police on Saturday.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Monday announced the establishment of a judicial commission headed by a sitting High Court judge to investigate the brutal murder of Sidhu Moosewala.
State police said Monday they have arrested some suspects and obtained important leads in connection with the murder. He had called the killing a case of gang rivalry and that the Lawrence Bishnoi gang was behind the killing.