Indian police detained three men accused of killing hip-hop star Sidhu Moosewala, seizing a cache of weapons, including a grenade launcher from the suspects.
Moosewala — also known by his birth name Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu — was gunned down in his car in the northern state of Punjab last month.
The 28-year-old was a popular musician in India and among Punjabi communities around the world, particularly in Canada and Britain.
Special police commissioner H.S. Dhaliwal told journalists in Delhi on Monday that three suspects were arrested in the western state of Gujarat over the weekend.
Police recovered highly explosive grenades, grenade launchers, assault rifles, electric detonators, and pistols from the suspects.
According to local media, Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar claimed responsibility for organizing the rapper’s killing and contacted the killers on the morning of the crime.
“Brar called one of the gunmen on the day of the incident and ordered him to kill Moosewala, the Hindustan Time reported.
“If firearms don’t work, kill him in an explosion was his order,” the officer told the daily.
Moosewala became famous with catchy songs that attacked rival rappers and politicians, claiming to be a man who fought for the pride of his community, did justice, and shot down enemies.
He was denounced for promoting firearms in his songs.