Although the police have not divulged much details, sources said Moose Wala and others of the Punjabi entertainment world have been receiving ransom calls from international gangsters.
Ludhiana: A day after the Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab government withdrew security covers of 424 VIPs, popular Punjabi singer and Congress leader Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Mansa district on Sunday.
The murder of the singer-politician is also being seen as a political turn of events which comes on the heels of a change of guard in Punjab and barely months after Bhagwant Mann took charge. Although the police have not divulged much details, sources said Moose Wala and others of the Punjabi entertainment world have been receiving ransom calls from international gangsters.
A video has now gone viral on social media platforms that shows Moose Wala’s car ridden with bullets and people rushing to check the singer’s pulse moments after unidentified gunmen opened fire at his vehicle. Sources said at least 30 rounds of bullets were fired of which, Moose Wala was hit by eight.
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Sources said Moosewala usually move around in his bullet proof Fortuner but on Sunday, he was on a Thar which is not bullet proof. The singer-rapper-politician was rushed to the Mansa Civil Hospital in a critical condition but died during treatment. His two aides are in critical condition and sources said will be shifted to a larger hospital.
Moose Wala had fought the Punjab election on a Congress ticket from Mansa and was defeated by Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Vijay Singla. Singla was recently sacked by Mann over charges of corruption.
Meanwhile, expressing his condolences, Bhagwant Mann tweeted, “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.”
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal also took to Twitter and said, “The murder of Sidhu Musewala is very sad and shocking. I just spoke to Punjab CM Mann Sahib. The culprits will be given the harshest punishment. I request everyone to keep calm and maintain peace. May God rest his soul.”