It is surprising to see how many talents the entertainment industry has lost
whether it be due to accidents or murders. The things that we see happening to a
rising celebrity or singer raise a very minuscule question: what about the
security of people entering this field?
The murder of singer-politician Sidhu Moosewala has once again brought a network
of gangsters from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan to light. These criminal
organizations are known to collaborate as they fight for dominance in the area.
One of the reasons for his death is also connected to inter-gang rivalry.
Well, this incident took place two days after Moose wall's security cover was
withdrawn in an action taken against the VIP culture in the state. Now the major
issue that arises is how the criteria used to evaluate a protectee's security
threat within the State and how the report of a security withdrawal came to be
known to the public. In India, the security for dignitaries is provided by the
police and the local government on the basis of information delineated by the
intelligence bureau which comes under the ministry of home affairs.
The Chilling Details Of Moose Wala's Death
On 11 June 1993, a Jat Sikh family in the Moosa village in Mansa district of
Punjab Subhdeep Singh Sidhu was born to Balkaur Singh and Charan Kaur. Graduated
in electrical engineering from Guru Nanak dev engineering college in the year
2016 Moose Wala was highly admired and was influenced by the rapper Tupac Shakur.
He chose the stage name Moose Wala as a tribute to his home village of Moosa.
The very first song that was released by Moose Wala was "G wagon" while he lived
in Brampton Canada. His breakthrough in the music industry was through his
gangster rap "so high" in collaboration with Byg Byrd. In June 2019 his concert
at the Surrey music festival was canceled due to the violent activities which
took place in his last concert.
The most rivalry that we know of him is with Karan Aujla, both used to reply to
each other through songs and social media handles. Additionally, both singers
have come under fire for singing songs that glorify violence. When Sidhu's song
that targeted Aujla was leaked to Aujla's management, they threatened to attack
Sidhu. Elly Mangat, who was both Sidhu and Aujla's then-colleague, revealed this
in an interview. Both began pursuing one another on social media after the
incident. The conflict was temporarily resolved until Aujla and Moose Wala each
released diss tracks, "Lafaafe" and "Warning Shot," respectively.
In an interview, Aujla claimed that he did not pen the song "Lafaafe," but he
did not discuss their rivalry and instead praised Sidhu's work. His song "Jatti
Jeone Morh Wargi," which features the name of Mai Bhago, a 17th-century Sikh
warrior woman, was deemed offensive by Sikh leaders in September 2019. Sikh
delegations and Akali Dal leaders complained about Moose Wala in Mansa and
Bathinda after demanding a ban on the song. After making an apology on social
media, Moose Wala attended a hearing before the Sikh religious body Akal Takht
in March 2020.
Supporting the farmers' protest against the 2020 Indian agriculture acts, Moose
Wala released the single "Panjab: My Motherland" in December 2020. It featured
speeches from Bharpur Singh Balbir, a supporter of Khalistan, and footage of
orthodox militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.
Khalistan, according to Moose Wala in an interview, is a "pure place", much like
it was when Maharaja Ranjit Singh ruled and adherents of all religions coexisted
Moose Wala was charged with four crimes as of 2022 for encouraging gun violence
problem and abuse. Two of them involved obscene scenes.
Now looking at his political career he actively campaigned for his mother who
won the sarpanch election in Moosa village. Sidhu joined Congress on 3 December
2021 and contested in Punjab assembly elections which he lost by obtaining only
20.52% of votes from the Mansa constituency. Well quite liked amongst the people
of his district, wasn't he?
On 29 May 2022 around 4:30 P.M. Moose Wala left his house along with his
neighbour Gurwinder Singh and cousin, Gurpreet Singh for his aunt's house in
Barnala. Two cars intercepted his vehicle at Jawaharke and blocked it. There
were around 30 shots fired during the incident injuring the other two sitting
with him. It was also seen that Sidhu in retaliation fired two rounds from his
pistol but obviously it was of no use considering the automatic assault rifles
that were used against him. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was
declared dead by the doctors.
The 22-year-old Haryana folk singer Harshita Dahiya was fatally shot after
receiving multiple shots. Men in Panipat blocked her car and forced her and
others inside, where they were shot in the head and neck at close range. Police
reported that she passed away instantly. After performing in a village in
Panipat, the singer, who specialized in Haryana folk songs, was traveling back
The Security Cover Criteria
We know that recently Vivek Agnihotri the director of Kashmir files was
granted Y category security with CRPF by the ministry of home affairs. The
choice was made in response to criticism of the movie "from some quarters and
concerns that some communities may be hurt" by the way the filmmaker presented
In India, the police and the local government provide security for dignitaries.
Depending on the perceived level of threat, the choice of whether to offer VIP
security to a political figure or specific individual is made. Which security
category will be given to the individual is decided after intelligence
departments have evaluated the threat. The Prime Minister, the President, Chief
Ministers, Union Ministers, MPs, MLAs, bureaucrats, former bureaucrats, judges,
current judges, businessmen, cricketers, movie stars, saints, and occasionally
regular people receive high category security based on perceived threats.
The government is obligated to provide security if there is any perception that
VIPs are in danger. A person who perceives a threat submits an application to
the police station closest to their house. The intelligence agencies are then
contacted to determine whether the subject is threatened.
Upon confirmation of the threat, a committee made up of the Home Secretary,
Director General, and State Chief Secretary determines which level of security
should be assigned to the subject.
Following that, the Union Home Ministry receives the person's information for
formal approval. Different organizations, such as the SPG (Special Protection
Group), NSG (National Security Guards), ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police), and
CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force), are in charge of providing different
categories of security to VIPs. The 'Z +' category offers security to highly
skilled people, leaders, players, and movie stars. NSG offers extensive VIP and
VVIP security under the "Z Plus" category. The Prime Minister is additionally
protected by numerous NSG commandos through the Special Protection Group (SPG).
The Punjab police withdrew the security of Moose Wala on a "pick and choose
basis rather than actual threat perception" it was a result of populist action
taken by the government. The law and order is a state subject and it is the
state which has to take the decision but the big question that arises is how the
information which has to be kept as a secret was publicized. This move was more
politically motivated rather than on the basis of actual threat perception.
Is There A Need For Framing Separate Laws For The Protection Of People
Related To The Entertainment Industry?
Well, this is an interesting question. Celebrities are only known for the
things they do. Actors, musicians, singers, etc. They become famous because
other people are curious about them after learning about them from their craft
or from participating in activities related to them. I strongly believe that
there is a need for separate laws for people related to the entertainment field
whether it be actors, singers, musicians, or directors.
A separate set of laws should be made for the security of these people and
certain criteria set for providing them with the security. It could be anything
from the success of their movies and songs or the contents of it whether it
hurts the sentiments of a particular community or is there someone who'd be
affected negatively by their success and impose a threat to their lives. I think
this all can be taken into consideration by the intelligence bureau and security
should be provided to people from the entertainment industry so that we don't
lose the nation's talents.
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