Punjabi singer and rapper Sidhu Moose Wala (born Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu) was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Mansa village on Sunday, May 29.
According to media reports, two others were injured in the incident in which more than 30 rounds were fired.
Media is also reporting that Canada based gangster Goldy Brar has claimed responsibility for the singer’s murder.
Sidhu Moose Wala had also contested the Punjab assembly election on a Congress ticket from Mansa. He was defeated by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Vijay Singla by a margin of 63,000 votes.
With Congress granting Sidhu Moose Wala ticket, then sitting Mansa MLA, Nazar Singh Manshahia, had revolted against the Congress party saying that he would oppose Moosewala’s candidature.
Last month, Sidhu Moose Wala had targeted the AAP and its supporters in his latest song ‘Scapegoat’.
In the new song, the controversial singer had allegedly called AAP supporters ‘gaddar’ (traitor).
After graduation, Sidhu Moose Wala moved to Canada where he worked and alos released his first song “G Wagon”.
On 4 May 2020, Moose Wala’s videos with AK-47 went viral and in December 2020, he released the single “Panjab: My Motherland” glorifying Khalistani separatist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.
Shocked at the killing of Sidhu Moose Wala, Sikhs for Enlightenment Values Association (SEVA) tweeted: “Yes he sang about guns & once even cheered Bhindranwale but was just a kid living in Khalistani ghettos of Canada.”
Meanwhile, well-known Indian filmmaker Ashoke Pandit has called thiskiling an “intelligence failure”.
Punjab Police, under the new AAP government, has recently withdrawan security of 424 people, including Sidhu MooseWala.