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According to authorities, the first of the eight shooters suspected of shooting and killing Punjabi musician Sidhu Moose Wala has been apprehended.

Harkamal Ranu, a Bathinda resident, was allegedly handed up to the police, according to his family.

This is the case's eighth arrest. The most recent arrests were of Siddhesh Hiraman Kamble alias Mahakal, a criminal, and a man who purported to be a fan and snapped a selfie with Moose Wala before his murder.

The accused were arrested on suspicion of providing logistical support, conducting reconnaissance, and harbouring the singer's assailants.

Sandeep Singh, alias Kekda, of Sirsa, Haryana; Manpreet Singh, alias Manna, of Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda; and Manpreet Bhau of Bathinda are among the other shooters identified.

Moose Wala, a 28-year-old singer-politician, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Punjab's Mansa region on May 29, a day after his security cover was reduced by the Punjab government.

Fans at home and in Punjabi communities from Canada to the United Kingdom were shocked by his passing.

Moose Wala, whose true name is Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, became famous for his catchy songs criticising rival rappers and politicians, depicting him as a man who fought for his community's pride, delivered justice, and gunned down adversaries.

Moose Wala was a great star not only in India, but also internationally, particularly in Canada and the United Kingdom, where there are large Punjabi communities.

He was, however, frequently chastised for promoting gun culture in his music videos, in which he frequently posed with guns.

The assassination of Moose Wala has also brought attention to Punjab's dark underbelly, which serves as a significant transit route for drugs entering India from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Many people attribute an increase in gang-related violence and the usage of illicit weapons in the state to the narcotics trade — primarily heroin and opium.

According to media reports, some of Punjab's hundreds of gangs have demanded money from rappers for safety and have even purchased music companies.