Slain singer Sidhu Moosewala’s father Balkaur Singh on Saturday questioned the timing of the crackdown on Waris Punjab De chief and self-styled Sikh radical Amritpal Singh and his associates, saying it was probably done to prevent people from arrived in numbers in Mansa where his son died. birthday (barsi) will be celebrated on Sunday (March 19).
Authorities beefed up security across the state, suspended internet and SMS services till Sunday noon and imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 as police launched “massive cordon and search operations” to nab Amritpal, who continued to elude the police despite a high-tension chase. .
“The police and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government must answer why they have specially chosen to take action against Amritpal today? It was probably a plan to prevent the masses from coming to my son’s barsi meeting,” he said Balkaur Singh.
He said with continued security across the state, “fans and well-wishers of my son from Punjab and other states might find it difficult to reach the place (Mansa Grain Market)”.
Balkaur Singh also said that gangster Lawrence Bishnoi’s “television interviews from jail”, days before his son’s barsi, were also a “planned conspiracy to tarnish Moosewala’s image”.
Moosewala was shot dead on May 29 last year and police had named Bishnoi and Canada-based associate Goldy Brar as the main conspirators. However, Moosewala’s parents have consistently demanded that the police arrest “the real perpetrators” alleging “a bigger conspiracy” behind the murder and blamed the AAP government for leaking the details. of your security cover on social networks.
The barsi meeting is also expected to be a show of strength by the opposition Congress, on whose ticket Moosewala had unsuccessfully contested the 2022 Assembly elections from Mansa.
Balkaur Singh alleged that an attempt was being made to portray Bishnoi as a “national hero”. “A criminal sitting in a prison calls himself a nationalist and talks about eliminating drugs. What could be a greater irony than this. Everything was done days before our program to tarnish my son’s image and trying to link him with gangsters.”
He added that Amritpal was also to attend the Moosewala barsi. “From past few days, we were told that he (Amritpal) is coming to visit us. He might have also attended the barsi. He has always been cordial with us,” Balkaur Singh said, adding that “anyone who If you want to seek justice for our son, you are welcome to join us.”
He stated that he will “answer a lot of questions” during the show. “So far we have no justice. If the motive (behind the crackdown) was to stop the masses from attending our event, it will not succeed. I had told the ministers that thousands of my son’s supporters can gather within an hour of my call”.
Balkaur Singh said that although her son was killed on May 29 last year, they planned their first death anniversary gathering on March 19 “the weather will be too hot in April and May and the only place possible for such a large gathering (Anaj Mandi) will be completely booked by the arrival of the wheat harvest”.
Bishnoi in his interviews from prison had said that he “was a nationalist” and against the “disintegration of the country”. He also criticized Amritpal Singh saying “ham apni dukaan chala rahe hain, vo apni dukaan chala raha hai (we are doing our business, he is doing his)”. He had also said that he had enmity with Moosewala when he was alive, but after his death, he has no enmity with his family and his band did not issue any threat to the singer’s father.
Bishnoi, who is alleged to have orchestrated Sidhu Moosewala’s murder, claimed that it was his associate Goldy Brar and his cousin Sachin Bishnoi who planned the killing to avenge the killings of “our brothers” Vicky Middukhera and Gurlal Brar. He further said that Moosewala was trying to “enter the gangster world” and never “sang any patriotic song”.
Meanwhile, Amritpal Singh, while reacting to Bishnoi’s statement from jail, had said that “the Sikh community has always been the target of governments, while others who indulge in criminal activities become ministers.” He said the governments could make Bishnoi a minister in the coming days.
“Sarkaaran Sikhan de lau di vairi hain. Hor jeda jo marzi kar le, ho sakda mantri banaun turr pain ohna nu. Eh santan de samay tey hoya si.. Sikhan naal bhed bhaav hunda aaya, hunda aauna hai. Naujawan nu meri benti hai panth layi kam kariye.. aapan apne Punjab di, panth di raakhi karni hai. Kisi piche lagke ikk dooje de khoon de vairi nahi banna jiven Sidhu Moosewala de case ch hoya si.. (Governments have always been enemies of Sikhs. Others can do whatever they want, maybe they will be appointed ministers tomorrow. The same happened during the time of Sant (Bhindranwale). Sikhs have always been discriminated and it will continue to be so. I appeal to the youth to work for our panth, for our Punjab. We should not become enemies of each other by following others as happened in case Moosewala),” said Amritpal.
With the police launching a crackdown on the arms licenses of his supporters, he said, “Khalse kol asla bahut hunda, asla nahi kite jaanda, chinta na karo…” (Khalsa never runs out of arms, our arms don’t they can go anywhere, don’t worry).”
Meanwhile, in a video message, Balkaur Singh appealed to the masses to come to Mansa in large numbers to “work out the next plan” to seek justice for Moosewala. Punjab Congress president Amrinder Singh Raja Warring also appealed for people to come to Mansa on Sunday to protest against the “goongi behri sarkaar” (dumb and deaf government) which “has not given justice to the parents of Moosewala” .