Punjab: FIR while singer Sidhu Moosewala shoots AK-47, DSP suspended
BARNALA: The Punjabi singer, popularly known as Sidhu Moosewala, was hired after a video clip of him shooting with an AK-47 assault rifle at a shooting range in the village of Badbar in the Barnala district went viral . The clip shows him in the company of police.
DGP Dinkar Gupta also ordered the suspension of Sangrur DSP (headquarters) Daljit Singh Virk, pending an investigation into in-service crime charges.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the DSP had facilitated the shooting when the state was under curfew.
A departmental investigation was launched against him, as he is accused of tampering with unauthorized police personnel attached to him at the shooting range and acting in an improper manner by an officer.
The case has been registered against Moosewala, five police officers, a deputy inspector, two police chiefs and two police officers, dispatched in the Sangrur district, and others at the Dhanaula police station in Barnala. A case against 9 people has been registered and investigations are ongoing, Barnala Sandeep Goel's SSP said.
The singer is already facing a case in Mansa for a song that promotes the culture of weapons, but he has bail.
However, he appears to have developed close ties with the Punjab Police lately, after he sang a song after the death of the first Punjab coronavirus victim who had returned from Italy. The song was shared by DGP Punjab.
Recently, he had even accompanied Mansa SSP Narinder Bhargav in delivering a cake to a doctor on his birthday on April 4 during the shutdown.
Earlier in the day, three social activists advocate for Hakam Singh, Parvinder Singh Kittna, and Kuldeep Singh Khaira wrote to the Punjab chief minister, home secretary, and DGP to register a case under strict sections against Moosewala and the cancellation of your deposit.
They threatened to approach the High Court of Punjab and Haryana if no action is taken in this regard within a fortnight.