Kathmandu- Indian singer and politician Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead on Sunday in Punjab, reported Hindustan Times. The report said the incident occurred a day after the local police curtailed the security of 424 VIPs, which also included Moose Wala. It was reported that he, along with two others, was four kilometres away from his home in Moosa village when unidentified individuals opened fire at his vehicle.

Police are searching for the killers of prominent Indian rapper turned politician Sidhu Moose Wala, who was shot by unidentified assailants while driving near his home in the Mansa district of India’s Punjab state on Sunday.

The 28-year-old singer, whose real name was Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, sustained a bullet injury and was taken to hospital where he was confirmed dead, Punjab police chief Viresh Kumar Bhawra told reporters.

The Wire reported that his fan-following was in the “millions”, extending all the way to countries such as the US, UK, Canada and Australia. “He was famous for his rap songs with hard-hitting, sarcastic content which asked questions of society, politicians, religious leaders, rival singers and spoke of the country’s problems,” the report added. Indian politicians condemned the news and extended their condolences at the tragedy.