Punjabi Rapper Sidhu Moose Wala Shot Dead After Security Was Withdrawn
The Punjabi singer and rapper Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead, as reported by the Indian Congress party and the local media. The “talented musician” was murdered in the Mansa district of Punjab, which comes after a day of his security being withdrawn by the Punjab government, alongside 429 people as part of a plan to “crack down on the so-called VIP culture”, according to media outlet The Indian Express.
CCTV footage has been circulating on social media after he was reportedly shot in Jawaharke village, in the northern Indian state of Punjab, and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. It has been said he was in a car when the attack happened. This news has sparked a lot of outrage all over social media platforms.
The incident took place Sunday evening, with the rapper being shot dead and two others being injured. The suspects have not been identified as of now. The previous day, on Saturday the 28th of May, the Punjab government withdrew security for Sidhu Moose Wala and 429 people. The murder has now sparked a “political storm in the state, with opposition leaders criticising the government and police”.
Sidhu Moose Wala had unsuccessfully stood for election as an Indian Congress party candidate in the Punjab elections in 2022. He was gaining world-wide recognition for his music which has accumulated millions of views with hit tracks such as “The Last Ride”, “So High”, and “Dollar”. He collaborated with UK artists MIST, Steel Banglez, and Stefflon Don on the track “47”, which has gained 33 million views on YouTube.
The 28-year-old singer and rapper made history when he became the first Indian singer to perform at Wireless Festival last year in 2021, alongside rapper MIST. He also attended the BritAsia TV Music awards in 2019 where he collected four awards after his “mindblowing” performance.
Rapper Drake has paid tribute on his Instagram story, writing, “RIP MOOSE”. Others writing messages include Indian politician Rahul Gandhi, who expressed his “heartfelt” condolences.