Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday met the family of slain Punjabi singer and Congress Sidhu Moosewala’s family in Moosa village of Mansa district. Mann visited Moosewala’s bereaved family four days after the singer-politician was shot dead in broad daylight in his native village.
Offering his condolences, Mann assured justice to Moosewala’s family. “I assure you that the culprits would be caught soon. We will not forgive the guilty at any cost.”
Heavy security deployment was seen near Moosewala’s residence and across the village as several locals held protest against the AAP government in the state. Party MLA Gurpreet Singh, who reached Moosewala’s house ahead of Mann’s visit, also faced protest. The protesters also raised slogans against the state government.
Mann’s visit comes amid the state government facing widespread criticism over the withdrawal of Moosewala’s security cover, a day after which he was shot dead.
On Thursday, Punjab ministers Harpal Singh Cheema and Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal met the family of Moosewala in Mansa to condole the death of the singer. Several leaders from the opposition parties BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal also met the slain singer’s family.
Moosewala was shot dead by some unidentified assailants in Punjab’s Mansa district on May 29, a day after the state government curtailed his security cover. His cousin and a friend, who were travelling in a jeep with him, were also injured in the attack.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court was on Thursday informed that the security cover of 424 protectees which was scaled down temporarily will be restored from June 7.
The Punjab government had curtailed the security cover in the wake of “Ghallughara week” and the anniversary of Operation Bluestar, which was carried out by the Army to flush out militants from the Golden Temple complex in June 1984.At that time, the Punjab Police had said that the security personnel were “being withdrawn on a purely temporary basis in connection with an emergent law and order duty”.