Popular Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead in Mansa village on Sunday (May 29).
Essentially, it appears the security withdrawal drama and reported sharing of the list in the media by the newly installed AAP regime boomeranged.
Manjinder Singh Sirsa, BJP leader from New Delhi, has questioned the Bhagwant Mann government for an alleged leak of the withdrawal orders of security for 424 persons.
He said that making such a list public was dangerous to those under security.
“How did such a sensitive document of Punjab Govt become public!! I demand strict action against those who leaked a confidential list of people whose security was withdrawn by the Govt of Punjab. First, you withdrew security and then you make them vulnerable by leaking their names,” he tweeted.
How did such a sensitive document of @PunjabGovtIndia become public!!
I demand strict action against those who leaked confidential list of people whose security was withdrawn by Govt of Punjab.
First, you withdrew security & then you make them vulnerable by leaking their names! pic.twitter.com/5UcuB9ugyq
— Manjinder Singh Sirsa (@mssirsa) May 28, 2022
In another missive, Sirsa urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to order an enquiry into how and who leaked the confidential list of people whose security was withdrawn by the AAP government in Punjab.
He also said Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann are responsible for the brutal killing of Moose Wala, whose security was withdrawn on Saturday, May 28.
Moose Wala was shot dead in Mansa village a day after being stripped of security cover. Police suspect the involvement of gangsters. He was without security when the crime was committed. Two of his four gunmen were withdrawn following a recent government order.
The assailants, believed to be 10-12, fired more than 20 rounds at point-blank range at the singer and his two friends, who got grievous injuries.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (Mansa) Gobinder Singh said several bullets hit Moose Wala, 27, who was in his jeep at Jawahar Ke village when he was attacked. Mansa civil surgeon Dr Ranjeet Rai told reporters that Moose Wala was brought dead at the civil hospital.
He had contested the 2022 Punjab Assembly election on a Congress ticket from the Mansa constituency and had lost his debut poll to AAP’s Dr Vijay Singla.
The incident happened a day after Punjab police ordered the withdrawal of security of more than 420 people, including former legislators, Jathedars of two Takhts, heads of deras and police officers. Two of his four gunmen were withdrawn with the new government order.
Moose Wala was without security when the crime happened.
Moose Wala, who created a niche for himself with his unique rapping style, was known for hit tracks like ‘Legend’, ‘Devil’, ‘Just listen’, ‘Jatt da Muqabala’ and ‘Hathyar’, among many others.
He also played the protagonist in the Punjabi film ‘Moosa Jatt’. His other film, ‘Yes I Am A Student’, is based on a story of the hardship students face.
The BJP said the Punjab government’s act was like giving an invitation to the miscreants.
Addressing a press meet, BJP spokesman Sambit Patra said, “First, they withdrew the security. And the confidential list of those whose security has been taken back was made public. So this was an open invitation to the miscreants. Why did you publicize this confidential document?”
“If your force was actually working on the ground, this incident wouldn’t have happened,” he said.
The Congress party has sought dismissal of new Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann-led AAP government and also actions against DGP and Mansa SSP.
Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal said CM Mann must honestly think if the cheaply populist decision to withdraw Moose Wala’s security was directly responsible for the tragedy.