The grieving family of Sidhu Moose Wala have promised a full investigation into his gunshot murder.
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The grieving family of Sidhu Moose Wala have promised a full investigation into his gunshot murder.

The grieving family of Sidhu Moose Wala have promised a full investigation into his gunshot murder.

The shooting death of Sidhu Moose Wala has sparked a political storm after it was linked to gang violence. Source: Bang Showbiz

The grieving family of Sidhu Moose Wala have been promised a full investigation into his gunshot murder, a day after his police protection was controversially lifted.

The killing of the 28-year-old Indian rapper, born Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, sparked a political storm when police immediately blamed it on a gang feud.

Moose Wala was pronounced dead in hospital on Sunday evening (29.05.22) after he was shot while driving his car in Mansa, a district in the state of Punjab in northern India.

Two other people were injured in the attack on the singer, known for promoting gun culture and unsuccessfully contesting the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections.

State police chief VK Bhawra sparked outrage by claiming that a gangster from Canada took responsibility for the attack.

Moose Wali’s family has demanded an apology from Bhawra for linking his death to gang rivalry without a full investigation.

Bhawra today (30.05.22) clarified in a statement that he did not say the attacker was a “gangster or had links with gangsters”.

He added: “A certain Goldy Brar took responsibility on behalf of Lawrence Bishnoi’s gang.

“The investigation will cover all aspects of the murder.”

He claimed that some media outlets had “misquoted him.”

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann ordered an inquiry into the murder under the chairmanship of a high court judge.

Mann added that he was shocked and saddened by the murder, assuring that “no culprit will be spared.”

There have also been aggressive demands to explain why the singer’s protection was restricted before the murder.

Police said Moose Wali’s guards had been reduced from four to two commandos, and the pair were not travelling with the singer when he was attacked.

The decision comes as the government steps up efforts to combat the “VIP culture” that places the protection of the privileged above that of the public.

which places politicians above ordinary citizens.

However, the names of those whose protection was restricted were leaked on social media, prompting accusations that this increased the risk to their lives.

One of Punjab’s biggest stars, Moose Wala, released her 2018 debut album which hit the Canadian Billboard charts.

In 2020, he was charged by the police under the Indian Arms Act for allegedly promoting gun culture in one of his songs, Sanju.

Social media has been flooded with tributes and calls for “justice for Sidhu”, especially from his Canadian fans.