The final journey of murdered Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala has begun in Punjab’s Mansa district, with huge crowds gathering at the site. He is to be cremated at his agricultural field.
Moose Wala's parents bid goodbye to the late singer at his residence in Mansa for the final time, before preparing for his cremation.
Earlier, it was reported that the police resorted to lathicharging outside Moose Wala’s residence to disperse the crowd.
A huge crowd from far-flung places gathered at the native village of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala to pay their last respect to the singer. Earlier today, his family took his body home from the Mansa Civil Hospital this morning amid heavy security deployment.
The body of Sidhu Moosewala, 27, was brought from the mortuary of the Civil Hospital in Mansa to his home at 8.45 am today. Lawrence Bishnoi, lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, and Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar have claimed responsibility for the murder.
Accompanied by some relatives, Moose Wala's father received his son's body from Mansa Civil hospital, where it was kept for post-mortem, around 8:15 am.
Mourners, especially the youth and the singer's fans, assembled outside the house to pay their last respects. Several people raised slogans in his favour.
Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, known as Sidhu Moose Wala, was shot dead on Sunday by unidentified assailants in Punjab's Mansa district, a day after the state government curtailed his security cover.
His cousin and a friend, who were travelling in a Mahindra Thar jeep with him, were also injured in the attack.
The 28-year-old Punjabi singer had fought the recent assembly election in Punjab on a Congress ticket from Mansa and was defeated by the AAP's Vijay Singla.
Moose Wala was among the 424 people whose security was withdrawn or curtailed by the Punjab Police on Saturday on a temporary basis.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Monday announced setting up a judicial commission headed by a sitting high court judge to probe the brutal killing of Sidhu Moose Wala.
The state police on Monday claimed to have rounded up some suspects and got important leads in connection with the killing. It had termed the assassination a case of an inter-gang rivalry and that the Lawrence Bishnoi gang was behind the killing.
(with inputs from PTI)