SIT ar­rests three more dera men for Bathinda vil­lage sac­ri­lege

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Htpunjab - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@htlive.com ■

FARID­KOT: A day af­ter a Dera Sacha Sauda fol­lower, Jatin­der­bir Arora, was ar­rested, the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team (SIT) prob­ing the sac­ri­lege cases made three more ar­rests on Fri­day.

The ac­cused have been iden­ti­fied as Sukhman­der Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Daljit Singh, res­i­dents of Bhagta Bhai Ka vil­lage in Bathinda district. The fresh ar­rests have been made with re­gard to the sac­ri­lege in­ci­dent at Gu­rusar Bhagta vil­lage.

SIT chief deputy in­spec­tor gen­eral Ran­bir Singh Kha­tra con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment, adding that the ac­cused will be pro­duced in court on Satur­day.

The SIT has made break­through in sac­ri­lege cases that took place at Bar­gari (Farid­kot), Mal Ke (Moga) and Gu­rusar Bhagta (Bathinda). It has emerged dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion that all the prime ac­cused ar­rested in the cases were part of the 45-mem­ber state com­mit­tee of Dera Sacha Sauda.

Ear­lier, Mo­hin­der Pal Bittu of Kotka­pura was ar­rested in June this year for Bar­gari sac­ri­lege, while Pirthi Singh of Bagha­pu­rana in Moga was ar­rested for sac­ri­lege at Mal Ke vil­lage in Novem­ber 2015. Both were mem­bers of the said com­mit­tee, which is dera’s de­ci­sion-mak­ing body in Pun­jab.

The pages of Guru Granth Sahib found scat­tered at Gu­rusar vil­lage were from the holy book stolen from a gur­d­wara in Burj Jawa­har Singh Wala vil­lage in Farid­kot in June 2015. The SIT is in­ves­ti­gat­ing two cases of sac­ri­lege — at Mal Ke vil­lage in Moga district in Novem­ber 2015 and the other one at Gu­rusar (Bhagta) vil­lage in Bathinda district in Oc­to­ber the same year.

AC­CUSED ARE DALJIT SINGH, SUKHMAN­DER SINGH AND KULDEEP SINGH, ALL RES­I­DENTS OF BHAGTA BHAI KA VIL­LAGE IN BATHINDA \

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