In Sidhu Moose Wala’s death, Punjab’s AAP government learns a lesson
- Sidhu Moose Wala was murdered a day after his security was withdrawn
- Moose Wala, a rap singer, was Congress’ nominee in the recent Assembly polls
- The Punjab government has decided to restore the security of all 400 plus VIPs
Sidhu Moose Wala’s death, a day after his security was withdrawn, has led Punjab’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led state government has decided to reinstate the security cover of all VIPs whose cover was removed. The security cover is scheduled to be back in effect from June 7.
On May 29, Punjabi gangster rap singer and Congress leader Sidhu Moose Wala was gunned down in a daringly dramatic episode. The murder took place a day after the Punjab government had removed his security cover, along with that of 424 others. The state government came under severe criticism as Moose Wala, an extremely popular singer in Punjab’s rural ramparts, was killed after his cover was taken away.
On Thursday, the Punjab state government submitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the security cover of all 424 VIPs will be reinstated from June 7. The court was hearing a petition filed by former minister OP Soni, who is among the VIPs who lost their security cover.
The Punjab police issued an order last week withdrawing the security of 424 VIPs. These included former MLAs, Jathedars of two Takhts, heads of Deras and police officers. According to Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) VK Bhawra, Sidhu Moose Wala’s security was removed in order to obtain additional forces for the anniversary of ‘Operation Bluestar’ and the Ghalughara massacre.
The newly-elected Bhagwant Mann government had to face immense criticism after Sidhu Moose Wala’s murder for withdrawing his security detail. Opposition parties alleged that the Punjab government was taking a political view of security instead of taking it seriously.
Moose Wala, 28, had seen tremendous success as a gangster rap star. However, the singer’s life was mired in several controversies over the lyrics of his songs. Many of his songs featured guns and violence that put him in trouble with the authorities.
On Monday, the Punjab and Haryana high court asked the Punjab state government the basis on which Moose Wala and other VIP’s security cover was removed. It also asked the state government that whether the decision was taken after having considered the threat perception in each case.