Singer Sidhu Moosewala cremated at native village; thousands pay last respects

Last rites of Sidhu Moose Wala
Mansa: Supporters and fans of Shubhdeep Singh aka 'Sidhu Moose Wala' mourn near the Punjabi singer's mortal remains during his last rites, in Mansa district, Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Over 100,000 mourners bid a tearful farewell to popular Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, who was cremated at his native village in Mansa district on Tuesday afternoon.

The body of the 28-year-old singer-politician, who was shot dead on Sunday, was brought to his home in Moosa village amid tight security on Tuesday morning from Mansa civil hospital, where the post mortem was conducted.

Moosewala’s family, including his parents, were inconsolable as they sat beside the body at their home. His mother was seen trying to console her husband as people from Punjab, Rajasthan and Chandigarh among other places queued up in large numbers to get a last glimpse of the singer.

The singer’s favourite tractor, which had figured in many of his music videos, was bedecked with flowers for his last ride to a family-owned field for the cremation.

Notwithstanding the scorching heat, mourners joined the funeral procession as Moosewala’s father and mother stood on the tractor with folded hands, accompanying their son on his final journey.

The singer’s father, Balkour Singh, even took off his turban on seeing the sea on mourners to show his thanks and respect to everyone who came to pay their respects.

A heavy police force was deployed at the slain singer’s residence as well as at the cremation site. People heaped praises on Moosewala for his songs and even raised slogans in his favour.