Indian police are investigating the killing of a well-liked Punjabi rapper, who blended hip-hop, rap and folks music, a day after he was fatally shot, officers stated Monday.
Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, additionally identified around the globe by his stage title Sidhu Moose Wala, was killed Sunday night whereas driving his automotive in Mansa, a district in northern India’s Punjab state. Moose Wala, 28, was rushed to the hospital the place he was declared useless.
Punjab state’s prime police official VK (*28*) stated the preliminary investigation has revealed the killing to be an inter-gang rivalry.
A day earlier than the assault, the Punjab authorities had pulled safety cowls for over 400 people, together with Moose Wala, in a bid to clamp down on VIP tradition, native media studies stated.
Moose Wala began off as a songwriter earlier than successful music in 2017 catapulted his singing profession, making him well-known among the many Indian and Punjabi diaspora in international locations just as the United Kingdom and Canada.
Most of his singles have an English title regardless that the songs have been primarily sung in Punjabi. His shiny music movies have been most well-known for his rap lyrics and sometimes targeted macho tradition. His debut album in 2018 made it to Canada’s Billboard Albums chart.
Moose Wala was a controversial determine, partly on account of his lyrical type. In 2020, police charged him below India’s Arms Act for allegedly selling gun tradition in one of his songs.
His newest monitor, “The Last Ride,” was launched earlier this month. The rapper joined India’s Congress Party final yr and unsuccessfully ran in the state’s meeting elections.
Punjab’s chief minister Bhagwant Mann stated “no culprit will be spared” and that he was deeply shocked and saddened by the killing.
A senior Congress chief, Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to specify his condolences over the killing. “Deeply shocked and saddened by the murder of promising Congress leader and talented artist,” he stated.