Sidhu Moosewala Killing: Result of Exploitative Gang Rivalry That Openly Goes On In Punjab?
A popular Punjabi singer turned politician Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead on May 29, 2022, by unidentified shooters in Punjab’s Mansa district. The Punjabi singer, throughout his singing career, was surrounded by controversies due to his alleged involvement in active gangster groups operating in Punjab.
Born on June 17, 1993, Sidhu Moosewala‘s real name is Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu. His name ‘Sidhu Moosewala’ got inspired by his village ‘Moosewala’, which comes under the Mansa district of Punjab. He became a limelight figure in his twenties only, which only a few could imagine. His fascination with guns, however, turned him a topic for discussion for different security agencies. Due to his love for weapons, he featured the same through his songs that attracted the attention of security agencies multiple times in a row.
Possible Events That Led To Moosewala’s Killing
According to the Punjab police, gangster Lawrance Bishnoi, Goldy Brar, and their associates are involved in the Sidhu Moosewala killing. Later in the evening, Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar took responsibility for Moosewala’s killing via a Facebook post. In his post, Goldy cited:
“Sachin Bishnoi Dhattaranwali, Lawrance Bishnoi, and I are behind the killing of Sidhu Moosewala”
He claimed that our gang killed Moosewala to avenge the killing of our brother Vicky Middukhera.
Note: ATT is not responsible for the content of these posts as it could not verify the authenticity.
It is noteworthy that the security cover provided by the Punjab police was taken away from him two days earlier to the event. Prior to security reduction, Sidhu had the security of four guards. And after the police orders, two guards were taken away for official reasons. On Sunday, before departing his house, Mr Sidhu asked his guards to stay home. Also, instead of taking his bulletproof vehicle, he took his ordinary car.
The above-mentioned causes possibly provided the best chance for killers to carry on their killing operation. However, the investigation is underway, and until the investigation is under process, none can predict about persons who leaked information about Sidhu’s unsecured visit.
What Punjab Police Is Saying?
In response to the security withdrawal, the security agencies cited the move as a ‘temporary move’. According to police:
“The security cover of 424 popular figures in the state has been thinned for a temporary duration. This step was necessary to maintain the law and order situation in the state on the anniversary of Operation Blue star and Ghallughara. Once the situation is normalized, the security cover will be restored as before,”
According to reports, the Punjab police had withdrawn or reduced the security cover of 424 people. These prominent figures include current and former legislators, heads of religious sects, police officers, and other prominent figures.
Sidhu Moosewala’s Career As a Singer
According to sources, Sidhu started singing when he was in 5th standard. In 2015, during his last year of graduation course, he approached a popular Punjabi lyricist for a song. However, the lyricist did not entertain his request and refused to give any song to Sidhu. After that incident, Sidhu, rather than looking for someone else, started writing on his own.
After completing his graduate degree, Sidhu moved to Canada for further studies. There, he, along with pursuing his studies, used to write and sing songs. In Canada, he met ‘Channi Banka’, whom he considered his Godfather. It is because Channi assisted Sidhu in establishing himself in Canada. Also, Channi was the one who introduced Sidhu to the Punjabi Music Industry.
In 2016, Moosewala started his career as a lyricist. He wrote songs for popular singers- Deep Jandu, Elly Mangat, and Karan Aujla.
Controversies Surrounding Sidhu’s Singing Career
Since the beginning of his career, Moosewala has been engaged in many controversies. Due to this reason, Moosewala was also popular in the Punjabi music industry as ‘controversy’s favourite child’. The major cause for his controversial career was his violent songs that allegedly promoted guns and gangster culture.
Moosewala’s love for weapons can be better related to his official posts on different social media channels. In these posts, Moosewala pictured himself carrying weapons or in the company of people flaunting firearms.
Due to such causes, he was charged under different sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Arms Act for provoking peace and promoting weapon culture in the state.
Moosewala’s Unsuccessful Journey As a Politician
Sidhu Moosewala entered into politics on December 3, 2021, by joining the Indian National Congress party. He joined this party months before Assembly Elections in the state. During his joining ceremony, prominent figures from the Congress party, such as former chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu, were also present.
In 2022 Punjab assembly elections, Sidhu contested from Mansa seat and drew huge crowds. However, this gambit was unsuccessful, as he lost the election by a huge margin of 63,323. In that election, his opposing candidate was Dr Vijay Singla from the Aam Aadmi Party.
The Growing Gangster Culture in Punjab: Where’s The End?
After the killing of Sidhu Moosewala, a lot of names including Lawrence Bishnoi, Goldy Brar, and Vicky Middukhera have been coming up. Needless to say, all of these names have been associated with the gangster culture that goes on in Punjab. Lawrence Bishnoi was the president of Student organization of Panjab University over a decade ago and rose to notoriety when one of his close aids was arrested in 2018. Meanwhile, Bishnoi also came in the limelight when he revealed his plans of killing Bollywood celebrity Salman Khan over the Blackbuck killing case. Currently, Lawrence Bishnoi is lodged at Tihar Jail and accused of crimes related to murder, robbery, assault and trespassing.
Goldy Brar (Satinder Singh) who had claimed in an unverified post that he is behind the killing of Sidhu Moosewala is known to be a close ally of Bishnoi. He is wanted in connection to the killing of Faridkot District Youth Congress President Gurlal Singh Pehlwan in 2021.
Vicky Middukhera (Vikramjit Singh Middukhera) was a Youth Akali Dal leader who was shot dead in August 2021. As per reports, the killing was done by gangsters Amit Dagar and Bhuppi Rana. According to reports, Sidhu Moosewala’s manager Shaganpreet Singh is wanted by the Punjab police in connection to the killing of Vicky Middukhera. He said to have escaped to Australia.
The Punjab police have still not able to find Sidhu Moosewala’s involvement in Vicky Middukhera’s killing.
Growing Weapon Culture: A Serious Threat To Indian Civilization
For the last couple of years, rising weapon display via video songs and movies has grown significantly. Although producers cite their content is for entertainment purposes, the actual picture completely differs from their citation. It is because such content presents a negative image on the audience’s mindset. Due to such incitements, youngsters start to picture their identities as similar to movie heroes, developing violent attitudes.
Readers can relate better to the recent Texas killing, where 19 school children were shot dead by an 18-year-old teenager. Here, the killer was incited by his love for action games. Although this event does not relate to our country’s culture, it better reflects teenagers’ ideology. Young adults are highly vulnerable to adopting negative values more than positive values.
It is true that weapons are for safety means, but the trend is shifting to feature these as a measure of strength. In many religious rallies, too, people come out displaying swords and rifles to display their strengths. Such things are not justifiable from any angle, and it is the responsibility of the state to frame strict rules regarding weapon carrying and storage. Otherwise, that day is not too far when India will lose its democratic identity and attain a ‘heaven for gangsters’ identity.
Readers can share their thoughts about the rising gangster’s culture in the comment section.