Chandigarh, June 1
A day after the cremation of Sidhu Moosewala whose killing shocked the music fraternity and fans alike, chilling details of the attack have been revealed by a friend who was with him in his car. The singer was travelling in his Mahindra Thar SUV to visit his aunt in Barnala when he was shot dead in broad daylight.
His friends Gurvinder Singh and Gurpreet Singh, who were also in the car, survived the attack. Gurvinder Singh saw the attack from the backseat and has revealed how it all went down.
Sidhu Moose Wala didn’t take his pared-down security detail along as five people could not be accommodated in the jeep, according to his friend. His father Balkaur Singh had told the police that he was following Sidhu Moose Wala in another car with the two security men.
The moment Sidhu Moose Wala reached his aunt’s village, a shot was fired from behind the vehicle and another car blocked his jeep from the front.
A man carrying an automatic assault rifle appeared in front of the jeep and started firing indiscriminately, Gurvinder Singh said. The 28-year-old singer also fired two rounds from his pistol, which was later recovered from his jeep, but it was no match for the sophisticated assault rifles.
Gurvinder Singh said that shooters joined in from three sides and firing continued. Sidhu Moose Wala tried to escape but couldn’t, he added.
Sidhu Moose Wala was shot over 30 times by around eight to 10 attackers, police sources had earlier said. Even after firing that many shots, the attackers checked whether he was alive, they said.Bullets found at the spot of the killing in Punjab’s Mansa district indicate that AN 94 Russian assault rifle was also used in the attack. The singer’s father saw the attack and took the body to the hospital. He later filed a complaint with the police. An SUV and a sedan were waiting on the road; each had four armed men inside, the complaint says. The men sprayed bullets at the car Moose Wala was in, it adds.
Within minutes, the cars sped away. I started shouting and people gathered. I rushed my son and his friends to the hospital where he died,” the complaint says.The complaint by the singer’s father states that several gangsters had threatened him over the phone. A suspect detained in Uttarakhand was the first to be arrested in the case yesterday. Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has ordered an investigation into why the popular rapper-singer’s security was pared down. He was on the list of 424 people whose security cover was withdrawn by the Punjab police days ago. Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar claimed responsibility for Sidhu Moose Wala’s murder on Facebook. Goldy Brar is a close aide of gang leader Lawrence Bishnoi, who was taken out of Tihar jail yesterday for questioning. (The inputs of the story are taken from agencies.)