Sidhu Moose dead – Indian rapper shot dead in hail of 24 bullets weeks before he was due to get marriedJune 1, 2022
INDIAN rapper Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead in a hail of 24 bullets just months before he was due to get married.
The 28-year-old was driving a jeep in the city of Mansa, India, when he was ambushed by gunmen.
Moose Wala, whose real name is Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, was rushed to hospital but was tragically declared dead.
Two others who were also in the car were injured in the shooting.
Just a few weeks ago, Moose Wala's mum, Charan Kaur, revealed her son was due to get married to the love of his life Amandeep Kaur in November.
"Just a little more time he will not be a bachelor anymore," she told reporters at the time, Mail Online reports.
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"We are preparing for his wedding, which will take place this year after the elections."
According to health officials, Moose Wala was hit with bullets 24 times, BBC Punjabi reports.
Six people have reportedly been detained in connection to the killing.
Thousands of people descended on the village of Jawaharke on Tuesday to pay their respects as Moose Wala's body was cremated.
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Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann tweeted: "I am shocked and deeply saddened by the gruesome murder of Siddhu Moose Wala. Nobody involved will be spared.
"My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his fans across the world. I appeal to everyone to stay calm."
Sidhu was at the wheel of the vehicle when the gunmen unleashed a hail of bullets at the star and his two pals, the Tribune reports.
CCTV showed the rapper's car moments before being attacked by gunmen.
The footage revealed pedestrians running away from the scene when Sidhu came under ferocious attack.
Sidhu joined Congress in December last year.
But he was later defeated by the AAP candidate Vijay Singla by a huge margin.
Sidhu was killed one day after his security was withdrawn by the Punjab government amid plans to crack down on "VIP culture", local media reports.
On April 11, Sidhu released a new song titled Scapegoat in which he lamented his failure in the recent state assembly elections.
He previously released a track called 47 featuring Brit rappers Mist and Stefflon Don in 2019.
In 2021, he made history by becoming the first ever Indian artist to perform at the International Wireless Festival.
The Indian National Congress tweeted: "The murder of Shri Sidhu Moose Wala, Congress candidate from Punjab & a talented musician, has come as a terrible shock to the Congress party & the entire nation.
"Our deepest condolences to his family, fans & friends.
"We stand united & undeterred, at this time of extreme grief."
In Canada, rapper Gursewak Dhillon said Moose Wala "revolutionised Punjabi music" in the country.
He told The Globe and Mail newspaper: "Before Sidhu, people used to look to India and the UK for the freshest Punjabi music.
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"After his rise, Canada became the centre of the industry.
"There are many young kids in Canada for whom he is a trailblazer."
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