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Sidhu Moose Wala Shot Dead: Gang Rivalry Behind Singer’s Killing, Says Punjab DGP; SIT Formed to Probe Matter

Police said Lawrence Bishnoi-led group was involved in the murder and Lucky, a member of the group, had taken responsibility from Canada

By: News Desk

News18.com

Last Updated: May 29, 2022, 18:47 IST

Sidhu Moosewala

Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead at a village in Mansa on Sunday, while two others were left injured. The Lawrence Bishnoi-led group was involved in the murder of the 28-year-old Congress leader. The Punjab DGP said Lucky, a member of the group, had taken responsibility from Canada. Moose Wala was attacked by unidentified assailants at Jawaharke village in Mansa district, a day after the Punjab government withdrew his security Read More

May 29, 2022 23:07 IST

Populist Whip Against 'VIP Culture' Endangering Punjab Public Figures? Moose Wala Murder Opens Can of Worms

Law and order situation is emerging as the Achilles heel of the Bhagwant Mann-led government in Punjab, with an inexperienced chief minister struggling in wake of sensational incidents such as the broad daylight murder of famous singer Sidhu Moose Wala on Sunday. The fatal attack on the 28-year-old Congress leader took place a day after the state government withdrew his security cover. READ MORE

May 29, 2022 22:33 IST

Sidhu Moose Wala Murder: 30 Bullets Fired at Singer; Gang Rivalry Behind Killing, Says Punjab DGP

The daring daylight murder of popular Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala in Mansa on Sunday has brought to the fore gang rivalries that the state has long been plagued with. Punjab Police chief VK Bhawra, at a press conference hours after the shocking murder, said that the killing could have been a fallout of the murder of Youth Akali Dal leader Vicky Madhukhera last August.

DGP Bhawra said that Shaganpreet, who worked as the manager of Moose Wala sometime back, was named as one of the conspirators in Middukhera’s killing. Shaganpreet has fled to Australia. READ MORE

May 29, 2022 21:57 IST

Got Some Important Leads, Investigation Underway: Pradeep Kumar Yadav, IGP Faridkot Range

May 29, 2022 21:46 IST

This is Not the BADLAV People of Punjab Wanted: Channi on Moose Wala Murder

Former Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi said he was “deeply saddened” over Moose Wala’s murder.

“Deeply saddened over the tragic murder of Sidhu Moosewala. He enhanced the prestige of our mother language, Punjabi, across the globe. To me he was not a singer or a politician, but a dear friend. This is not the BADLAV people of Punjab wanted,” he tweeted.

May 29, 2022 21:28 IST

SIT Formed to Probe Matter, Inter-gang rivalry Behind Moosewala's Murder, Says Punjab DGP

At a press conference, Punjab DGP VK Bhawra said inter-gang rivalry seemed to be the reason behind Sidhu Moosewala’s murder. He further said that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to probe the murder, adding that three weapons were used in the attack. The DGP also said that Moosewala’s manager, Shagunpreet, was named in the murder of one Vicky Midukhera.

May 29, 2022 21:09 IST

Preliminary Probe Reveals Inter-gang Rivalry: SSP, Mansa

Gaurav Toora, SSP, Mansa, said that preliminary investigation showed it to be an inter-gang rivalry. “Sidhu Moosewala didn’t take his bulletproof car and gunman today. FIR is being registered. We will take immediate action against the gangster and persons involved,” he said.

The SSP also added that two cars intercepted Moosewala’s car, which followed heavy firing in which the singer received multiple bullet injuries. “Persons present with him also got bullet injuries and they have been referred to Patiala for further treatment,” he said.

May 29, 2022 20:43 IST

Sidhu Moosewala Shot Dead: Cops Look into Goldy Brar’s Delhi, Punjab Links; Spl Cell to Meet on Monday

After the killing of singer Sidhu Moosewala, 28, on Sunday, the Delhi Police is now on alert to find the links of gangster Goldy Brar, who has allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack, with those in Punjab and Delhi-Haryana regions, said sources.

Officials of the special cell will meet on Monday in connection with the case.

Brar lives in Canada and the special cell is looking into all his connections, said sources. READ MORE

May 29, 2022 20:30 IST

Punjab DGP to Address Media Soon Over Murder of Sidhu Moosewala

Punjab DGP VK Bhawra will address the media at around 9pm in the wake of the murder of Sidhu Moosewala. The popular singer was killed in broad daylight a day after Punjab Police withdrew the security of over 400 people, including Moosewala.

May 29, 2022 20:23 IST

Canada-based Gangster Goldy Brar Claims Responsibility for Attack

Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar, a close aide of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, has claimed responsibility for Sidhu Mossewala’s murder, sources told News18. Sources said AK-47 was likely used in the attack.

May 29, 2022 20:08 IST

AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal Speaks to Punjab CM Mann

Arvind Kejriwal spoke to Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann in the wake of the shocking murder of Sidhu Moosewala. Kejriwal took to Twitter to appeal to everyone to maintain calm and peace and added that the culprits will be punished.

May 29, 2022 19:52 IST

Sidhu Moosewala's Last Song Was 'The Last Ride', Fan Says 'My Bro Predicted His Own Death'

Punjabi singer-politician Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead at a village in Mansa on Sunday, a day after the Bhagwant Mann government controversially withdrew his security cover. Two others were left injured as well. He was rushed to the hospital but was declared brought dead. Extremely popular among the youth, Moosewala’s celebrity came with criticism for promoting drugs and violence in his songs. READ MORE

May 29, 2022 19:51 IST

Nobody Involved Will be Spared, Says CM Bhagwant Mann

Reacting to the shocking murder of Sidhu Moosewala in broad daylight a day after his security was withdrawn, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said nobody involved in the attack “will be spared”.

“I am Shocked and Deeply saddened by the gruesome murder of Siddhu Moosewala. Nobody involved will be spared. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his fans across the world. I appeal everyone to stay calm,” the chief minister wrote on Twitter.

May 29, 2022 19:47 IST

Sidhu Moosewala Shot Dead: The Singer Was Not in His Usual Bullet-Proof Car, Say Sources | 10 Facts

Aday after the Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab government withdrew two security men from his security cover, popular Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead at Jahawarke village of Mansa district on Sunday. Two others were also injured in the firing incident.

The shocking murder of the pop star is likely to take a political turn just months into the tenure of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. READ MORE

May 29, 2022 19:43 IST

Punjabi Singer Sidhu Moosewala Shot Dead: A Lookback At His Superhit Tracks

Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead on Sunday at a village in Punjab’s Mansa. The singer was rushed to a local hospital where the doctors declared him dead. The news of his demise has left the fans shocked and in grief. However, do you know that Sidhu Moosewala was tagged among the top Punjabi rap singers? His name was also featured in the Billboard Canadian Albums in 2018 several times.

Sidhu Moosewala rose to fame with the 2017 song “So high”. Moosewala sang several superhit songs including “Legend”, “Devil”, “Just listen”, “Tibeyan da putt”, “Jatt da muqabala”, “Brown Boys” and “Hathyar” among many others. Moosewala’s last song was recently released which was titled “The Last Ride”. READ MORE

May 29, 2022 19:41 IST

Someone Must Take Responsibility...' Says Sukhbir Singh Badal

“CM also must honestly think if the cheaply populist decision to withdraw Moosewala’s security is directly responsible for the tragedy. After all, he faced tangible threat to life. This is no time for political point scoring but someone must take responsibility for the situation,” tweeted SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal.

May 29, 2022 19:38 IST

Mika Singh to CNN-News18: 'Very Shameful Incident'

Commenting on the murder, popular singer Mika Singh told CNN-News18 that “it is a very shameful incident”. “It’s not just the death of Sidhu Moosewala…if we don’t raise it today, we all will face this in future.”

May 29, 2022 19:36 IST

'AAP Govt Should Stop Tinkering With Security of Individuals...' Says Partap Singh Bajwa

Partap Singh Bajwa lashed out at the AAP government in Punjab led by CM Bhagwant Mann following Sidhu Moosewala’s death saying that it must “stop tinkering with security of individuals to gain cheap publicity on social media”.

“What was the point of putting the list on social media after withdrawal of their security. If anything happens to any individual whose security has been withdrawn…It will be direct responsibility of Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann. Instead of giving 80 security officials to Kejriwal, 45 to Raghav Chadha, 20 to his sister and 15 to his mother. He should focus on managing the law and order of Punjab,” Bajwa wrote on Twitter.

May 29, 2022 19:31 IST

Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi Extends Condolences to Moosewala's Family

“Deeply shocked and saddened by the murder of promising Congress leader and talented artist, Sidhu Moosewala. My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and fans from across the world,” tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

May 29, 2022 19:26 IST

Punjab BJP President Ashwani Sharma Demands Resignation of Chief Minister and DGP

May 29, 2022 19:25 IST

CM & DGP Have Blood on Their Hands: Punjab Congress

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Punjab DGP VK Bhawra said the incident seemed to be a result of inter-gang rivalry, and that special investigation team (SIT) had been formed to probe the matter. “Sidhu Moose Wala had a private bulletproof car that he didn’t take with him. On the orders of the CM, IG range has been directed to form an SIT. Three weapons were used. SSP Mansa and SSP Bathinda deployed there. ADG law and order has mobilised additional forces,” Bhawra added.

Amid calls by opposition parties for his resignation in view of poor law and order situation in Punjab, chief minister Bhagwant Mann appealed for calm and said those involved will not be spared. “I am Shocked and Deeply saddened by the gruesome murder of Siddhu Moosewala. Nobody involved will be spared. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his fans across the world. I appeal everyone to stay calm,” he tweeted.

According to police, Moose Wala suffered bullet injuries and was rushed to a local hospital in Mansa. Dr Ranjeet Rai, civil surgeon at the Mansa hospital, said the singer was brought dead.

The singer, whose original name is Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, joined the Congress in December 2021 and unsuccessfully contested the Punjab assembly elections as a candidate from his home district of Mansa.

The Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab had said Moose Wala’s songs promoted drugs and gun violence. The singer also has several cases registered against him for promoting weapons in his videos.

During the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Moose Wala got into a controversy when he was seen firing a rifle at a shooting range of the Punjab Police. He was part of the state government’s drive against Covid-19 at the time and was, thus, accompanied by police officials after a public health programme.

After student groups protested over the alleged glorification of misogynistic culture and guns in his songs, a programme featuring Moose Wala was cancelled at the Panjab University in Chandigarh.

Opposition parties reacted strongly and blamed the Bhagwant Mann-led government in Punjab for the singer’s tragic death. The singer’s party, the Congress said Mann had “blood on his hands”. The chief minister is being blamed by opposition leaders for withdrawing his security and then for posting the order of the withdrawal on social media.

The official Twitter handle of the Congress tweeted: “The murder of Shri Sidhu Moose Wala, Congress candidate from Punjab & a talented musician, has come as a terrible shock to the Congress party & the entire nation. Our deepest condolences to his family, fans & friends. We stand united & undeterred, at this time of extreme grief.”

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, too, condoled Moose Wala’s death. “Deeply shocked and saddened by the murder of promising Congress leader and talented artist, Sidhu Moosewala. My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and fans from across the world,” tweeted Gandhi.

Delhi BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa mourned the death of the young Punjabi singer and blamed the AAP-led government in Punjab. He tweeted: “A high level enquiry should be ordered against the reckless @PunjabGovtIndia officers or leaders involved in sharing this document with the public. @BhagwantMann @CMOPb @ANI @thetribunechd @punjabkesari @ZeePunjabHH”

Ex-Congress leader Sunil Jakhar, who recently joined the BJP, said Moose Wala’s murder was “utterly shocking”. He tweeted: “AamAdamiParty must be held accountable for tinkering with security issues to gain cheap publicity. @BhagwantMann @AAPPunjab” (sic)

Congress leader Partap Singh Bajwa called for the resignation of Mann, saying the CM should be held responsible as he has the home department portfolio. Bajwa tweeted: “Murder of a promising youngster Sidhu Moose Wala exposes law & order situation of Punjab. CM @BhagwantMann should immediately resign as he holds charge of home department and a explanation is needed on what basis his security was withdrawn yesterday just one day before attack.” (sic)

Reacting to the attack, former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh said law and order had “completely collapsed in Punjab” where criminals have no fear. “Brutal murder of Sidhu Moosewala is shocking. My profound condolences to the bereaved family. Law and order has completely collapsed in Punjab. Criminals have no fear of law. @AAPPunjab government has miserably failed. Nobody is safe in Punjab!” (sic) Captain tweeted.

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal said those responsible must be arrested without delay. He demanded action against Moose Wala’s killers. “Shocked to learn about the killing of young Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala. My sympathies with his family & friends. Those responsible must be arrested without delay. This exhibits an abject breakdown of law & order in Punjab.” (sic) he tweeted.

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