"He was just singing it casually with Mankirt Aulakh"
A police notice against renowned singers Sidhu Moose Wala and Mankirt Aulakh has been withdrawn.
The case had been registered against the two artists for allegedly promoting violence and gun culture on social media.
A music video by Moose Wala and Aulakh had gone viral on social media.
The song ‘Pakhiya-Pakhiya-Pakhiya Gun with Panj Goliyan’ was reportedly filmed by the duo in Moose Wala’s home village of Musa, Punjab.
Some of the song lyrics include “I will knife them one by one” and “the guy whom you love is already booked for murder”.
Officers at Mansa Police Station took notice of the video and filed a case against the two singers on February 1, 2020.
Senior Superintendent of Police (Mansa) Narender Bhargav said a case under sections 294 (sings, recites or utters any obscene song), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 149 (unlawful assembly) of the IPC was registered against the duo.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also expressed concern over violence in the song.
He stated that singers like Sidhu Moose Wala and Mankirt Aulakh encourage the younger generation to follow a life of crime and violence.
The case was withdrawn after the two singers successfully took anticipatory bail from the court.
While the notice was withdrawn, police are keeping an eye on the duo and have issued a Look Out Circular (LOC). This means that Moose Wala and Aulakh will need to obtain permission from the court if they want to leave the country.
Despite Moose Wala being named as one of the accused, he claimed that he has never written or performed a song which promotes violence.
In his statement, he said that the song was not originally his.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Jashandeep Singh Gill said:
“Moose Wala has said that the song in the video hasn’t been created by him officially.
“He was just singing it casually with Mankirt Aulakh during a get-together.
“He said that he had no idea that video will get leaked on social media and that he had no intention to spread these lyrics among the masses.”
The Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the police chiefs of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to ensure that songs which promote alcohol, drugs and violence are prohibited at public events.
ACP Gill added that Moose Wala was not aware of the High Court orders. Aulakh is yet to record a statement on the matter.
A music industry source has claimed that the song was originally written by Sabi Bhinder but Moose Wala popularised it. The source went on to say that Sidhu never recorded it officially.
It was reported that media officials had been outside ACP Gill’s office when they were manhandled by Moose Wala’s security.
Reporters also alleged that Sidhu “misbehaved” with them.
ACP Gill was informed about the allegations and will look into it.
In relation to the controversial song, Moose Wala and Aulakh were previously in trouble when a case was registered against them in Ludhiana.
According to the allegations, weapons were being promoted in the video.