Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead by unidentified assailants. In Jawaharke village of Mansa district on Sunday, May 29.
This follows a day after the Punjab Police withdrew security of 424 people, including Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala.
Update (May 30, 11:30 am) | Here’s what we know so far in the case:
Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar has claimed responsibility for Sidhu Moose Wala’s murder.
Brar, who has close ties to the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, said in a Facebook post. He had killed Moose Wala to avenge the death of gangster Vicky Middukhera.
Punjab Police are in the process of remanding Lawrence Bishnoi. A close associate of Goldy Brar, who is lodged in Tihar Jail number 8. He will be questioned in connection with the shooting.
Based on a complaint by Moose Wala’s father. An FIR has been registered under sections: 302, 307, 341, 148, 149, 427, 120-B of the Indian Penal Code and sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act.
Sources told to a leading daily that an AN-94 Russian assault rifle (Avtomat Nikonova model of 1994) was used to shoot and kill Sidhu Moose Wala.
Moreover, the number plates of the vehicles used in the attack have been found to be fake.
Moose Wala’s parents have refused to send his body for post mortem. The singer’s inconsolable mother has blamed the Punjab government for the hapless death of her son.
Punjab Director General of Police VK Bhawra Sunday said Sidhu Moose Wala’s murder seemed to be the fallout of an inter-gang rivalry. He added that 30 rounds of bullets were fired at the singer and at least three weapons might have been used in the crime.
Sidhu Moose Wala had contested this year’s Punjab assembly election on a Congress ticket from Mansa and was defeated by AAP candidate Vijay Singla by a huge margin of 63,000 votes. Vijay Singla was recently sacked by Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann over charges of corruption.
Last month, Sidhu Moose Wala had sparked a row after he targeted the Aam Aadmi Party. It’s supporters in his song ‘Scapegoat’. The singer had called AAP supporters ‘gaddar’ (traitor) in his song.