Sidhu Moosewala didn’t take his police security, chose not to travel in bulletproof vehicle, says Punjab DGP VK Bhawra

Moosewala, 27, had fought on the Congress ticket from Mansa assembly seat in the recent assembly election and was defeated by AAP's Vijay Singla. Leaders of Congress and other political parties expressed shock and anger over his killing.

Chandigarh: Famous Punjabi singer and Congress leader Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead on Sunday by unidentified assailants in Punjab’s Mansa district, a day after the state government curtailed his security cover. Moosewala’s cousin and a friend, who were travelling in a Mahindra Thar jeep with him, were also injured in the attack which is suspected to be a fallout of inter-gang rivalry, Mansa Senior Superintendent of Police Gaurav Toora told reporters.

Punjab’s Director General of Police VK Bhawra said at least three weapons were used and 30 rounds fired in the attack.

“Moosewala was immediately taken to civil hospital where he was declared brought dead. The two others were stable,” said the SSP. He said that police found bullet shells of a 9 mm weapon, adding that there was a possibility of the use of a 315 bore weapon. When asked about the use of an AK-47 rifle in the incident, the SSP said it could be possible, but all facts would come out during the investigation. The SSP said that the incident could be the result of an inter-gang rivalry. He said the name of Moosewala’s manager had cropped up in the murder case of youth Akali leader Vicky Middukhera last year. The SSP said that there was a rivalry between Lawrence Bishnoi and Lucky Patial gangs and the attack could be connected to it. “We are investigating the matter and we have got some leads,” said the SSP.