Punjab’s Mansa village witnessed thousands of people attending Sidhu Moose Wala’s ‘last ride’, during which the singer-politician was cremated dressed as a groom in accordance with age-old traditions.
The Punjab government downgraded Moose Wala’s security cover the day before he was killed by unidentified assailants.
A young and unmarried man who dies at his funeral is dressed like a groom, according to tradition.
Moose Wala’s head was adorned with dastaar and seera, traditional headgears worn by grooms before entering the bride’s home. He is reportedly engaged to be married later this year.
In the final moments before the final send off, Balkaur Singh fix his son’s moustache in an inconsolable state.
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In pain and helpless after losing his only child, the distraught father took off his turban as his body was taken to the fields for cremation.
Canada-based gangster Goldi Brar, allegedly associated with the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, claimed the attack on Sunday. The police linked the murder to an inter-gang dispute. The first arrest in the case came just hours after the singer was cremated.
The accused has been remanded in police custody for five days. He is one of six arrested in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, on Monday.
Sidhu Moose Wala was running for Mansa’s state election on a Congress ticket. He lost to Vijay Singla, the sacked minister from the Aam Aadmi Party over corruption charges.
AAP has been accused of ‘endangering VIPs’ following the singer’s sudden and violent death, in which he was allegedly shot over a dozen times. This has triggered massive political outrage over the law and order situation in the crucial border state.