Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar has claimed responsibility for the murder of Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu aka Sidhu Moosewala in a Facebook post last evening. Brar is a close aide of Khalistani gang leader Lawrence Bishnoi, a former Delhi University student union activist who is the main suspect in the singer’s murder and is in Tihar jail in a different case.
Bullets found at the spot of the killing in Punjab’s Mansa district indicate an AN-94 Russian assault rifle was also used in the attack. The police have found a pistol at the spot of the crime too.
The Sidhu Moosewala irony
It is turning out that the Punjabi singer was accused of murder previously, which was avenged by killing him, thus making this a case of a gang war, suggests Punjabi language media as well as Hindi language media operating from Punjab.
Brar claimed he had killed Sidhu Moosewala to avenge the death of Vicky Middukhera, who had been shot dead in Mohali in 2021. Punjab Police said that the attack on Sidhu Moosewala is suspected to be a fallout of inter-gang rivalry. However, this is not the police version.
Ironically, Sidhu Moosewala toed a Khalistani line in the lyrics of his songs, which were replete with provocative statements verging on sedition or at least incitement to mobs. In December 2020 in his song “Punjab”, he glorified Khalistan separatist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.
He often courted controversy for promoting gun culture through his songs. In May 2020, two videos went viral featuring him. One of them featured five cops and showed the singer training with an AK-47 assault rifle. In another, he was seen wielding a pistol.
Six policemen were suspended on 19 May that year after that public posturing by the singer-lyricist. Sidhu Moosewala was also booked under Arms Act by the police in Barnala as the incident had happened in Barnala.
In July 2020, he got regular bail and later joined investigations. He was even fined for using black tinted glasses in Nabha in June that year. Moosewala later released a song ‘Sanju’ in July 2020 in which he said vainly that he would wear the FIRs lodged against him as badges of honour.
Sidhu Moosewala moved to Canada after his bachelor’s and released his first song “G Wagon” but gained popularity with his track “So High” in 2018. His debut album PBX1 ranked 66th on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart. His single “47” was ranked on the UK singles chart. Notably, both Canada and the UK are hubs of migrant Sikhs who acquire the Khalistani ideology after leaving India.
Sidhu Moosewala had launched his record label, “5911 records”. Most of his songs highlighted the Jat Sikh community, highlighting a casteist mentality.
During the first Covid wave in March 2020, Moosewala released a song ‘Gwacheya Gurbaksh’ where he mocked Gurbaksh Singh, who came from Italy to Punjab, and became Punjab’s first Covid death and also a ‘super spreader’. He was criticised for taunting a Covid victim.
The singer hailed from a farmer’s family from Mansa’s Moosa village. The 28-year-old was an electrical engineer who graduated in 2016 from Ludhiana’s Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College but went to Canada where his first song was released in early 2017.
Sidhu Moosewala’s father, Balkaur Singh, is a retired government employee and a farmer. His mother Charan Kaur is the sarpanch of the Moosa village. She won the election in December 2018 by a margin of 600 votes.
Police examining CCTV footage
A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Punjab Police is examining CCTV footage to identify the men who assassinated yesterday the 28-year-old Punjabi singer, lyricist and INC member Sidhu Moosewala. Fresh footage showing seven men eating at a restaurant at 10:30 AM on 29 May has piqued the interest of the investigating authorities.
The singer’s father Balkaur Singh had in his complaint said that he saw seven or eight people shooting at his son’s car.
Another CCTV clipping had emerged earlier on social media, showing two cars trailing Sidhu Moosewala’s vehicle minutes before he was shot dead in District Mansa, Punjab. It is, however, not a police-verified video.
Yesterday, nearly 10 assailants shot at Sidhu Moosewala more than 30 times until he died, according to police sources.
The police have detained six suspects in connection with the case of murder so far. Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has ordered an investigation to find out why the rapper-singer’s security was pared down. He was on the list of 424 people whose security detail was curtailed by Punjab Police two days ago.