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Congress leader and Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala shot dead, a day after security withdrawn

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Congress leader and Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead in Mansa village by unknown assailants on Sunday, May 29. Two other people were injured in the firing. The incident took place a day after Punjab withdrew the security of 424 people, including Mr Moose Wala.

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“Congress leader and Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala was brought dead,” said Dr Ranjeet Rai, Civil Surgeon, Mansa Hospital.

Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala had joined Congress in December last year. 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.

Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu aka Sidhu Moose Wala belongs to the Moose Wala village in Mansa district, born on June 17, 1993. Moose Wala had a fan following running into millions and was popular for his rap. Moose Wala held a degree in electrical engineering. He had learned music during his college days and had later moved to Canada.

Sidhu Moose Wala was also known as one of the most controversial Punjabi singers, openly promoting gun culture, glorifying gangsters in provocative songs. His song ‘Jatti Jeonay Morh Di Bandook Wargi’, released in September 2019, kicked off a controversy over a reference to 18th century Sikh warrior Mai Bhago. He was accused of showing this Sikh warrior in a poor light. Moose Wala had later apologised.

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Express condolences Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, “Deeply shocked at the broad daylight murder of Sidhu Moose Wala. Punjab and Punjabis across the world have lost a talented artist with mass connect, who could feel people’s pulse. My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and fans across the world.”

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