Sidhu Moose Wala, a Punjabi singer and Congress leader, was assassinated at Jawaharke village, Mansa district, Punjab. Two others were injured when the intruders opened fire on the jeep in which they were traveling.
The attackers have not yet been recognized. The attack occurred just one day after the Punjab government cut protection for 424 persons, including Moose Wala.
Who exactly is Sidhu Moose Wala?
Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, also known as Sidhu Moose Wala, was born on June 17, 1993 in Moose Wala village in Punjab’s Mansa district. Moose Wala, who has millions of followers, is well-known for his gangster raps.
Sidhu Moose Wala has a degree in electrical engineering and studied music in college. He later relocated to Canada.
Disagreement over Sidhu Moose Wala’s song
Sidhu Moose Wala is also well-known for his contentious Punjabi songs that openly encourage gun culture and praise gangsters.
His song, ‘Jatti Jeonay Morh Di Bandook Wargi,’ published in September 2019, aroused anger due to an allusion to the 18th century Sikh fighter Mai Bhago. He was accused of painting the Sikh warrior in a negative manner. Later, Moose Wala apologized.
In July 2020, another song, ‘Sanju,’ stirred controversy. After Sidhu Moose Wala was granted bail in the AK-47 shooting case, the song was released. He compared himself to actor Sanjay Dutt in the song, which was uploaded on social media. After a video recording of him practicing at a fire range in Barnala village went popular on social media in May 2020, he was charged under the Arms Act. A Sangrur judge, however, later granted him bail.