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The assassination of a singer in Punjab, India, a day after his security cover was slashed, has generated indignation.

On Sunday evening, Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, also known as Sidhu Moose Wala, was shot by unidentified assailants while travelling in the state’s Mansa district. He was 28 years old at the time. The attack also resulted in the injuries of two additional people.

On Sunday, state police head VK Bhawra said a criminal from Canada claimed responsibility for the incident.

Moose Wala’s family, on the other hand, wanted an apology from Mr. Bhawra for attributing Moose Wala’s death to gang rivalry without conducting a thorough inquiry.

Punjab’s chief minister, Bhagwant Mann, has ordered an investigation into the incident, which will be led by a high court judge.

Opposition politicians have questioned why the singer’s security has been reduced.

Moose Wala’s security detail had been cut from four to two commandos, according to police, and these policemen were not travelling with the musician when he was attacked.

Mr. Mann stated that the action was taken in part as part of a government initiative to combat so-called “VIP culture,” which favours politicians over ordinary individuals.

Mr. Mann has expressed shock at the death of Moose Wala and assured that the perpetrators will be brought to justice. After protests erupted in several regions of the state, he encouraged people to keep calm.

Critics frequently chastised him for using his songs and social media to promote gun culture, which is a serious issue in Punjab. During the COVID lockdown in May 2020, the musician was arrested for firing an AK-47 rifle at a shooting range. He was also the subject of a police investigation for allegedly inciting violence and gun culture in his song Sanju. He ran as a Congress candidate in the state assembly election earlier this year but lost.

His death startled followers both at home and abroad, particularly in Canada, which has a sizable Punjabi community. Moose Wala’s death was widely mourned on social media, with many calling for justice.

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