Chandigarh, May 29
Famous Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Mansa district, a day after his security was withdrawn by the state government. He was at the wheel in a Mahindra Thar SUV when the assailants, believed to be 10-12, fired more than 20 rounds at point-blank range at Singer and his two friends, who were seriously injured.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (Mansa) Gobinder Singh said 27-year-old Musewala, who was traveling in his jeep at Jawahar K, received multiple bullets. village rajnagar when he was attacked. Mansa civil surgeon Dr Ranjit Rai told reporters that Moosewala was brought dead at the civil hospital.
Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu Moosewala alias Sidhu Moosewala had contested the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections from Mansa constituency on a Congress ticket and lost his first election to Dr. Vijay Singla of AAP. Interestingly, Dr Singla was recently sacked from the Punjab cabinet on corruption charges.
The incident comes a day after Punjab Police ordered the withdrawal of security of over 420 people, including former MLAs, Jathedars of two Takhts, dera heads and police officers. Two of his four gunmen were withdrawn with the new government order. Musewala was without security when the incident took place.
Also, he was traveling in a vehicle which was not bullet proof. Police said that usually he used to use bullet proof Toyota Fortuner for commuting.
Leaving behind his famous tag of a top Punjabi rap singer with fans across the globe, Moosewala, who hails from Moosa village, didn’t mind singing couplets of his songs and posing for countless selfies with voters , mainly for the first time during his tenure. Publicity
With assets worth Rs 7.87 crore as per his nomination affidavit, the singer-turned-politician, who loved to ride in an open jeep, had four criminal cases, including two for obscene scenes.
Controversy was not new to Musewala. He created a stir with the Panthic bodies by allegedly misusing the name of Mai Bhago, an 18th century Sikh warrior, seeking his arrest for hurting Sikh sentiments. He later apologized.
Moosewala, who is facing allegations of promoting violence and gun culture in his song ‘Sanju’, joined the Congress on December 3, 2021.
Musewala, who carved a niche for himself with his unique rapping style, was known for hit songs like ‘Legend’, ‘Devil’, ‘Just Suno’, ‘Jatt Da Muqabala’ and ‘Hathiyaar’. Many of his songs appeared on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 chart.
He played the role of the protagonist in the Punjabi film ‘Musa Jatt’. Another of his films ‘Yes I am a Student’ was a story that sheds light on the hardships of international students but inspires them to never lose hope.
“I am not coming to enter politics or to earn praise. I want to be part of the system to change this. I am joining Congress to raise voice of people. I am joining Congress Because there are leaders in the party who had gone to Canada as an international student in 2016, said Musewala on the day he entered politics. With inputs from IANS and PTI