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Sacrilege to avenge Dera Sacha Sauda head’s insult, says SIT

Jupinderjit Singh

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, June 1

Six years after the primary ‘bir’ of Guru Granth Sahib was stolen from Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village as a part of a collection of over 170 sacrilege incidents in Punjab, the IG SPS Parmar-led Particular Investigation Group (SIT) has reaffirmed that followers of the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda had carried out the incidents to “avenge an alleged disrespect to dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim”.

Plan & execution

  • SI Rajesh Kinger monitored the cellular numbers and placement of the accused. The SIT held conferences in Bathinda, not Fardikot, the place the meant motion needed to happen
  • On Might 16 at 3.30 pm, the illaqa Justice of the Peace was knowledgeable concerning the police motion. If carried out a working day, raids’ data might have been leaked
  • Separate police groups had been fashioned for raids. The crew members weren’t conscious of the targets
  • Raids had been carried out instantly after informing the illaqa Justice of the Peace about nabbing the six accused

An official observe on the probe signifies that the dera followers led by Mohinder Pal Singh Bittu (later killed by gangsters in a Nabha jail) and his associates carried out the sacrilege incidents.

The accused embody Sukhjinder Singh, alias Sunny Kanda; Shakti Singh; Ranjit Singh, alias Bhola; Baljit Singh; Nishan Singh; Pardeep Singh, alias Raju Dhodhi; Randeep Singh, alias Neela, and some others. Barring Neela, different accused had been arrested by Parmar’s SIT on Might 16 this yr in an operation known as “Surgical Strikes”.

The observe has accepted that the current arrests had not been simple. The accused had already gone by means of varied probe companies and had approached completely different authorized channels to evade arrest up to now six years. The stress was intense as a result of in addition to the Opposition, a number of prime Congress leaders had been pointing fingers at its personal authorities.

Apparently, the record contains the identical group of dera followers as accused as had been talked about within the first SIT led by DIG Ranbir Singh Khatra. The Khatra report was not upheld by the federal government. Even the CBI didn’t settle for involvement of the dera followers. It, in truth, filed a closure report.

In January this yr, the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom dissolved the Khatra-led SIT. The Punjab Authorities appointed IG SPS Parmar as the pinnacle of the crew with DIG Khatra and anti-terror skilled AIG Rajinder Singh Sohal as members.

The observe stated the genesis of the chain of sacrilege occasions started throughout a “deewan” (spiritual congregation) by Sikh preacher Harjinder Singh Manjhi in Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village in early 2015. He exhorted folks to depart the Dera Sacha Sauda sect. Sikhism underlines Guru Granth Sahib because the residing Guru and never any human being as dera followers practised. This incited the dera males, particularly Mohinder Pal Singh Bittu, who led a conspiracy to take revenge.

Bittu’s trusted man Sukhjinder alias Sunny Kanda stole a “bir” of Guru Granth Sahib from a gurdwara in Burj Jawahar Wala. Sunny wrote the blasphemous posters in opposition to Sikhism and scattered the torn pages of Guru Granth Sahib in Bargari village. Sunny and Shakti later gave the remaining a part of the torn “bir” to Bittu. Raju Dhodhi threw about 100 torn pages of the “bir” right into a canal.

Calling them “Surgical Strikes”, the arrests had been meticulously deliberate as a part of a swift, secret and simultaneous operation. The operation was deliberate to keep away from giving time to the accused to evade arrest.

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