NEW DELHI: Indian police have detained three individuals who are suspected of killing hip-hop artist Sidhu Moose Wala. They also seized a number of weapons from the suspects, including a grenade launcher.
Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, commonly known as Moose Wala, was shot and killed in his automobile last month in the northern province of Punjab.
In India and among Punjabi populations overseas, particularly in Canada and Britain, the 28-year-old was a well-known musician.
- Three individuals were detained over the weekend in the western state of Gujarat, according to special police commissioner H.S. Dhaliwal, who spoke to the media in Delhi.
- The suspects were found to be in possession of high-explosive grenades, a rocket launcher, an assault weapon, electric detonators, and handguns by police.
According to local media sources, the hitmen were in contact with Canadian-based mobster Goldy Brar, who has taken responsibility for planning the rapper’s assassination.
According to a police official quoted in the Hindustan Times newspaper, “Brar contacted one of the gunmen on the day of the event and asked him to arrange the death of Moose Wala.”
He instructed the cop, “If weapons don’t work, murder him in a bomb,” the officer told the daily
As he portrayed himself as a guy who stood up for his community’s pride, served justice, and killed foes, Moose Wala became famous for his catchy songs that took aim at rival rappers and politicians.
He received criticism for using weapons often in his music videos, which were seen as glorifying the gun culture.
His assassination also brought attention to organized crime in Punjab, a crucial corridor for narcotics purportedly coming into India from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Numerous analysts attribute a rise in gang-related violence through the use of illicit weapons in the state to the drug trade, which mostly involves heroin and opium.
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