Amar Singh Chamkila's Killers Did Bhangra After Shooting Him, Secretary Reveals Details

Renowned Punjabi musician Amar Singh Chamkila and his wife were brutally murdered in 1988. His former secretary's chilling eyewitness account sheds new light on the tragic incident, as a biopic on the musician's life is set to release.

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Punjabi Musician Amar Singh Chamkila and Wife Shot Dead in 1988, Former Secretary Reveals Details

Amar Singh Chamkila's Killers Did Bhangra After Shooting Him, Secretary Reveals Details

Renowned Punjabi musician Amar Singh Chamkila and his wife Amarjot were brutally shot dead by masked men at an akhaada in Mehsampur village, Punjab, just moments before their scheduled performance. The tragic incident, which sent shockwaves through the Punjabi music industry, has been the focus of Imtiaz Ali's recent biopic 'Amar Singh Chamkila' starring Diljit Dosanjh and Parineeti Chopra.

In a 2024 interview, Chamkila's former secretary, Manku, recounted the horrific details of that fateful day. Manku revealed that Chamkila had been paid Rs 8,000 for the show and that he had left the couple to have a meal before the performance while he checked the stage arrangements. When Manku called them to come to the stage, the shooters, who were among the crowd, opened fire on Chamkila as he arrived in his car.

Manku witnessed Chamkila collapsing near the car, and the killers celebrating by dancing the bhangra and leaving behind a blood-soaked letter on Chamkila's chest. "The killers 'performed bhangra after murdering him' and 'left a letter on Chamkila's chest which got drenched in blood,'" Manku recounted. Too scared to look at the scene, Manku later picked up the bodies himself.

Why this matters: The murder of Amar Singh Chamkila and his wife Amarjot remains one of the most shocking and mysterious incidents in the history of Punjabi music. The revelations by Chamkila's former secretary, Manku, provide new insights into the tragic event and the callous nature of the killers, highlighting the need for justice even after more than three decades.

The upcoming film 'Amar Singh Chamkila' is expected to bring the story of the legendary musician and the circumstances surrounding his untimely death to a wider audience. As the investigation into the murder continues, Manku's eyewitness account serves as a vital piece of evidence in the search for the truth behind the assassination of one of Punjab's most beloved musical icons.

Key Takeaways

  • Renowned Punjabi musician Amar Singh Chamkila and wife Amarjot were shot dead in 1988.
  • Chamkila's former secretary Manku witnessed the killers dancing bhangra after the murder.
  • Killers left a blood-soaked letter on Chamkila's chest before fleeing the scene.
  • Chamkila's murder remains one of the most shocking incidents in Punjabi music history.
  • Upcoming biopic 'Amar Singh Chamkila' aims to bring the story to a wider audience.