Indian police say they are investigating the possible Canadian gang connection to the assassination of a Punjabi-language singer from Brampton, Ont.
Shubhdeep Sidhu is well-known as his stage name Sidhu Moose Wala.
He rose to international stardom after a string hit record was record. He return to India in recent years, and ran a fail political campaign for the Indian National Congress Party during the 2022 Punjab state election.
Moose Wala, along with two other men, were kill in their vehicle in Jawaharke in Punjab’s Mansa district. According to the Hindustan Times, they were attack by a group. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
Sh. Viresh Kumar Bhawra was the director general of Punjab Police. He said that police suspect “inter-gang rivalry” in which Lawrence Bishnoi, an Indian gang, is being involved. “His gang in Canada has also taken responsibility.”
Sidhu was schedule to perform in Vancouver at the Pacific Coliseum on July 23rd as part of his Back 2 Business Tour. This is one of four Canadian dates.
Security concerns led to ticket sales being halted for Vancouver’s date last week.
Laura Balance, spokesperson for Pacific National Exhibition, stated that she had not been provide with any information about a particular risk.
“So, yes. When we began looking into this artist, we saw the situation both in Canada and abroad. That triggered that higher level conversation.”
Sidhu Moose Wala, a Sidhu Moose Wala performer, was also remove from the 5X Festival in Surrey that year after security concerns were raise by the RCMP.
Parminder Singh, a Punjabi-language NBA commentator, was a community advocate and knew Moosewala since his time in Brampton. He describe him as a “soft-spoken” and “down to Earth” person who is driven to succeed in school, music, and politics.
He study at Sheridan College in Canada and Humber College in Canada.
The rapper had more than 10.8 millions YouTube subscribers at the time of his death. He also won several Brit Asia Television Music Awards. His hits charted in Canada and New Zealand. He also launch his own music label.
He said, “I recall one of our earliest discussions when he state that Tupac was his inspiration,” and not traditional Punjabi artists.
“It was so tragic that he had on his album cover a photo of Tupac’s shot-up car. It’s amazing to think back now and see all the things that happened and how his life ended.
Singh state that Sidhu Moose Wala believe strongly in the possibility for change through politics, and even encourage his mother’s candidacy to be mayor of her small town.
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He said that he had returned to India to be more involve. Sidhu Moose Wala also used his platform for support of the farmers’ protests in India, he said.
Singh state that Singh was very determine to fight the corrupt Indian political system he felt was corrupt.
Vancouver police state Sunday that they have not been in touch with Indian authorities regarding the murder.