The Barnala Police on Monday registered criminal cases against Punjabi pop singer Sidhu Moosewala and five police personnel after a video showing the singer shooting at a firing range went viral on social media. A Punjab Police spokesperson said the cases were registered on the directions of Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta, who also ordered the immediate suspension of DSP Headquarters Sangrur Daljit Singh Virk, pending enquiry on charges of delinquency in duty. After the video went viral, the DGP directed the SSP Sangrur to conduct a preliminary enquiry, which prima facie established that the DSP had facilitated the shooting at the firing range in village Badbar when the entire state is under curfew. On receipt of the report, a Departmental Enquiry was initiated against the DSP and cases were registered against the accused, the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson further said the DGP has taken a stern view of the DSP’s act of deputing police personnel attached with him at the shooting range unauthorisedly and acting in a manner unbecoming of an officer. A criminal case, under Section 188 IPC and Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act, has been registered at Police Station Dhanaula, District Barnala against Sidhu Mussewala, a resident of Mansa, Karam Singh Lehal, Inder Singh Grewal, Jang Sher Singh and 5 police personnel, including one sub-inspector, two head constables and two constables. All the police officers are posted in Sangrur district. Further investigations are in progress. Meanwhile, the Punjab Police Headquarters has moved a reference to the state Home department for initiating departmental enquiry against DSP Daljit Singh Virk, the spokesperson further disclosed.