Did a song trigger the murder of Sidhu Moosewala? Here’s a lowdown on the investigation so far

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Did a provocative song written and sung by Sidhu Moosewala ultimately lead to his murder? According to investigative agencies, the gangsters who killed the 28-year-old singer did so out of prestige. They say the singer killed, through his song Bambiha Bole (2020), not only challenged their gang members, but also glorified their rival Bambiha gang.

Moosewala had collaborated with fellow Punjabi singer Amrit Mann for the song. It starts with the question: ‘Yes, Amrit Mann Ji, what are we going to hear in the song’Bambiha Bole‘?” Then comes the acerbic response, “See, we just wrote a song, but it might sound like a tight slap to some people.” Loaded with gangster bravado, the lyrics read:

Every time he speaks, people close their mouths,
He walks like a leopard and wears cotton shirts
He broke the bones of a rival somewhere,
The police are looking for him in the middle of the night
Someone was murdered behind the mulberry tree,
The ‘Bambiha’ says it all, the ‘Bambiha’ says it all!

Bambiha is the Punjabi name for the Jacobin cuckoo, a bird with a soft, high-pitched voice. It finds special mention in the Guru Granth Sahib. Moosewala’s song, however, is loaded with gunshot sounds. And his video is a revenge fantasy that focuses on ways to kill haters, collaborators and haters. Presenting himself as a criminal, Moosewala boasts of being a desi guy every police station knows. Moosewala also boasts of having a fierce nature and a Russian assault rifle.

Moosewala, according to police, was killed following a rivalry between the Bishnoi and Bambiha gangs. The slain singer was not directly involved in the rivalry, police said. Incidentally, Davinder Singh Sidhu aka Davinder Bambiha, a kabaddi gambler turned gangster who founded the eponymous gang, was killed in an encounter with police in 2016 when he was just 26 years old. He was jailed in 2010 when someone was killed in a scuffle. between two groups at Bambiha Bhai village in Moga district.

At the age of 21, Bambiha had escaped from prison to form the Bambiha gang. Wanted in more than a dozen murder and attempted murder cases, as well as looting and kidnapping, he had been among the state’s most wanted mobsters since 2012. Before he was shot, he had gained social media status. fame and would frequently challenge the police.

During interrogation, according to Punjab Police, Lawrence Bishnoi – whose gang claimed to have killed Moosewala – ruled out the murder as a “supari” murder. “He provoked us with his song and praised the Bambiha gang. He challenged us to attack him,” Bishnoi said as quoted by The Tribune. “We first let him go, following the intervention of Harvinder Rinda (gangster turned terrorist). But something had to be done after Vikramjit Singh Middukhera.

Vikramjit Singh Middukhera aka Vicky Middukhera was a 33-year-old Akali youth leader who was also associated with the music industry in Punjab. He was killed in 2021, allegedly by the Bambiha gang, for working as a middleman for the Bishnoi gang.

Shortly after Middukhera’s death, the name of Moosewala’s manager, Shagunpreet, had appeared in the inquest. The Bishnoi gang had alleged that Moosewala’s hand in Middukhera’s murder was the reason for Moosewala’s revenge killing. Reacting to Moosewala’s murder, the Bambiha gang, who are the big rivals of the Bishnoi gang, said in a social media post that Lawrence Bishnoi and Goldy Brar shouldn’t have killed Moosewala, saying they had no connection with Moosewala. Since the Bishnoi gang linked Moosewala’s contract killing with the Bambiha gang, members of the Bambiha gang have now vowed to avenge the singer’s murder.

Earlier, another wanted mobster from the Bishnoi gang, Canada-based Goldy Brar, had taken responsibility for a “revenge” killing. Speaking to Facebook, he said no action had been taken against Moosewala after his alleged involvement in Middukhera’s murder. The Bishnoi gang is said to have a large network of active snipers in Punjab, Haryana and the National Capital Region (NCR). On Friday, Brar posted a 10-minute video claiming to have rejected Moosewala’s offer of Rs 2 crore for a compromise, following the murder of Middukhera. Brar alleges that the slain singer would taunt them through his songs.

“Sidhu (Moosewala) was a culprit. He was indirectly involved in the murder of our two brothers. To cement the image he had forged through his songs, he did unforgivable things. He deserved a punishment. We waited for the law to take its course but in vain,” he laments. “But the law only punishes ordinary people and not influential people like leaders, ministers and their friends. They commit crimes and roam free,” says Brar, who is masked in the video, saying his gang had no choice but to kill him. “We got justice. Whether we are right or wrong, we leave that to the court of Almighty God. Whatever punishment He bestows, we will accept it. We do not trust any other legal system.

“We are bad people. Let’s be bad, we don’t want to be good anymore. People are destroying the houses of good people. My brother, who had nothing to do with gangsters, was killed. But the police failed to catch his killers,” he continues fuming, saying most people were overwhelmed by moving videos showing Moosewala’s parents and his funeral. Accusing Moosewala of bringing the same grief to many homes, he adds that the singer did not deserve to be called a “Sikh-shaheed (martyr)”. Calling him a “self-obsessed” person, Brar goes on to comment on Moosewala’s paradoxical admiration for black American rapper Tupac Shakur, saying, “Tupac never roamed with police security. He had no politicians as friends. If Moosewala had had guts, he wouldn’t have done it either.

The autopsy report determined that Moosewala had 19 gunshot wound marks on his body and died within 15 minutes of the fatal attack. Forensic examination of cartridges recovered from the assassination site shows that the shooters may have used an AK-47 rifle, a .30 caliber pistol and 4-5 9mm pistols. The Thar vehicle that Moosewala was driving at the time he was killed had more than 25 bullet holes. Several bullets were also seen embedded in the walls near the crime scene.

A worldwide network of around 60 mobsters and their associates are believed to be involved in Moosewala’s murder. At least 16 gang members and leaders have been arrested so far. While three of the six shooters, including Priyavrat alias Fauji (26), the module leader and main shooter, as well as Kashish alias Kuldeep and Ankit Sirsa, were arrested by Delhi police, the other three, Jagroop Roopa, Manpreet Maanu and Deepak Mundi are on the run.

Besides his brother Anmol Bishnoi and his nephew Sachin Thapan, Lawrence Bishnoi was in constant contact with Goldy Brar in Canada. Anmol and Sachin fled the country almost a month before the murder. Delhi police have arrested five people who allegedly made fake passports for them. Recently, Delhi police released a video showing Moosewala’s killers celebrating his murder by waving guns in a moving car, shortly after fleeing the crime scene. The clip was recovered from the phone of 19-year-old Ankit Sirsa, who is already facing two attempted murder cases.

Police also arrested Sandeep Singh, nephew of former Punjab Assembly Speaker and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader, Nirmal Singh Kahlon. Apparently he helped three of the shooters reach Bathinda with guns. His friend from Amritsar, Satbir Singh, was also arrested.

Police recovered an underbarrel grenade launcher, eight grenades, nine electric detonators, an assault rifle with 20 rounds, three advanced pistols, 36 rounds and part of an AK series assault rifle from the men arrested. Guns and ammunition were the reserves, to be used in the Moosewala murder as Plan B just in case Plan A failed. But the police have yet to recover the weapons that were used to kill Moosewala. Shortly after the killing, the attackers reportedly handed them over to an aide near Haryana, before they split into small groups to escape police pursuit.

Moosewala, the singer-politician who had joined Congress months before the 2022 National Assembly elections, was shot dead on May 29 in Mansa district in Punjab. On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear the plea to transfer the investigation to the CBI. Two days later, a Delhi court remanded Lawrence Bishnoi into custody for seven days in Punjab.

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