Indian singer and politician, Moose Wala, has been shot dead in Punjab, a day after his security cover was trimmed by the government.
According to Hindustan Times, the entertainer was gunned down on Sunday evening inside his car in the Jawaharke village of Mansa district.
He was travelling with two other men who were also reported to have sustained injuries.
It is understood that Wala was brought dead to the Civil Hospital in Mansa after the gunshots.
Canada-based Goldy Brar and jailed gangster Lawrence Bishnoi have been named by the state police in the killing.
The murder, which is being attributed to inter-gang rivalry, has shocked the state, triggering a fresh political row.
The development comes a day after Moose Wala’s security was scaled down in a move that has brought the Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Singh Mann’s government under huge criticism from the opposition.
Wala was among the 424 people whose police security was reduced or entirely removed the day before.
This was ahead of the anniversary of a military operation, leaving him with two commandos, as against four.
It is also reported that, at the time of the incident, Wala was travelling in his private car instead of the state government-provided bullet-proof vehicle and the police commandos.
Wala had three studio albums, the last of which was released in 2021, and one extended play (EP) to his name.
The singer, who very recently joined the congress, had drawn criticism for promoting gun culture in his songs.