Punjab Police Monday booked controversial Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala and eight others, including five policemen, after a video showing him firing shots from the AK-47 of a police personnel at a shooting range went viral.
Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta also placed on suspension Sangrur DSP (Headquarters) Daljit Singh Virk, who facilitated the shooting a few days ago, at a time when the entire state is under curfew over coronavirus outbreak. Those booked include at least three “professional shooters”, one of then being national level skeet shooter Karam Singh Lehal.
A senior Punjab police officer told The Indian Express that the shooting range where Moosewala fired shots from official AK-47, the weapon of one of the gunmen, belonged to Lehal in Barnala district where the case was registered.
Lehal, when reached on phone, first said, “I am not named in the case. Subsequently, while asking the correspondent whether the story will be published in the newspaper he sought half an hour to give his version but later did not respond to the calls made.
In February this year, Mansa police had registered a case against Moosewala, whose full name is Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, and another singer Mankirat Aulakh for promoting violence and gun culture in their songs.
Moosewala had later recorded a controversial song for Punjab Police, which targeted Pathlawa resident Baldev Singh, who had returned from Germany and Italy, had tested positive for coronavirus post death and was blamed for spreading infection to about 28 other direct or indirect contacts. The song was shared by DGP Gupta too on his Twitter handle.
Punjab Police had to remove the song from its social media platforms following criticism even as the force was accused of first booking the singer and later using him to sing song for them.
Recently, Moosewala, along with another noted singer was seen accompanying Mansa SSP Narinder Bharghav to deliver birthday cakes to a doctor in what police projected as a move to encourage frontline health workers.
Bhargav when asked about the shooting episode involving Moosewala said “Whatever he has done, legal action has been initiated against him.”
Moosewala was also in news for standing guard at his native village in fight against coronavirus.
Punjab DGP, in a written statement said, “Acting swiftly against controversial Punjabi pop singer Sidhu Moosewala, the Barnala police on Monday registered a criminal case against him and eight others, including five police personnel.”
DGP ordered “immediate suspension of DSP Headquarters Sangrur, Daljit Singh Virk, pending enquiry on charges of delinquency in duty.”
“After the video went viral, the DGP directed the Sangrur SSP to conduct a preliminary inquiry, which prima facie established that the DSP had facilitated the shooting at the firing range at Badbar village, at a time when the entire state is under curfew. On the receipt of the report, a departmental inquiry was initiated against the DSP and cases were registered against the accused,” said a police spokesperson.
“The DGP took a stern view of the DSP’s act of deputing police personnel attached with him at the shooting range unauthorisedly, and acting in a manner unbecoming of an officer,” the spokesperson added.
“A criminal case was registered under the sections 188 IPC and 51 of the Disaster Management Act has been registered at Dhanaula police station in Barnala district against Sidhu Moosewala, Karam Singh Lehal, Inder Singh Grewal, Jang Sher Singh and five police officers including one sub-inspector, two head constables and two constables. All the police officers are posted in Sangrur district and further investigations are in progress,” the official spokesperson of the Police Department further said.
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