Protests were held outside Mansa Civil Hospital on Monday demanding action against those responsible for the murder of singer Sidhu Musewala. Sidhu Musewala’s body has been kept for post-mortem in the same hospital.
Most of the protesters were villagers from the area. They raised slogans against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in the state over the decision to withdraw Musewala’s security. Many markets in Mansa district remained closed on Monday in view of the protest.
Inspector General of Police Pradeep Yadav and other officials went to Musewala’s residence to talk to the family members about the post-mortem. According to the information, Musewala’s family is not ready to conduct his post-mortem at the moment.
Sidhu Musewala (28) was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Punjab’s Mansa district on Sunday. The incident took place a day after the state government withdrew the security cover of Musewala. His cousin and a friend, who were traveling with Musewala in a Mahindra Thar jeep, were also injured in the attack. However, his condition is stable as of now.
Moosewala had contested on a Congress ticket from Mansa seat in the recent assembly elections and lost to AAP candidate Vijay Singla.
“We are demanding action against those responsible for the killing of Sidhu Musewala,” said a protester.
Punjab Police has termed Moosewala’s murder as a result of mutual enmity. The police have blamed Lawrence Bishnoi gang for this.
Leaders of Congress and other political parties have expressed anger over the killing. The opposition has blamed the AAP government for the incident.
A three-member special investigation team has been constituted to probe the murder.