Dera men con­fess to in­volve­ment in 5 sac­ri­lege cases

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

FARID­KOT : Spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT) head deputy in­spec­tor gen­eral Ran­bir Singh Kha­tra on Satur­day said that four Dera Sacha Sauda fol­low­ers ar­rested in the Gu­rusar sac­ri­lege case have con­fessed to their in­volve­ment in five more des­e­cra­tion in­ci­dents re­ported in and around Gu­rusar and Bhagta Bhai ka vil­lages in Bathinda district in 2015.

A Bathinda court sent three dera fol­low­ers, in­clud­ing Sukhman­der Singh, Daljit Singh and Kuldeep Singh, res­i­dents of Bhagta Bhai Ka vil­lage, who were ar­rested on Fri­day, to po­lice re­mand till November 13. The fourth ac­cused, Jatin­der­bir Arora, alias Jimmy, who was ar­rested from the Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port, New Delhi, on November 7, is al­ready on a five-day po­lice re­mand.

On Satur­day, the SIT also con­ducted a search at Arora’s house at Bhagta Bhai Ka vil­lage. The SIT is in­ves­ti­gat­ing two cases of sac­ri­lege — November 2015 case at Mal Ke vil­lage in Moga district and Oc­to­ber 2015 case at Gu­rusar vil­lage in Bathinda district.

A case un­der Sec­tion 295A (de­lib­er­ate and ma­li­cious acts, in­tended to out­rage re­li­gious feel­ings of any class by in­sult­ing its re­li­gion or re­li­gious be­liefs) and 120B (crim­i­nal con­spir­acy) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC) was reg­is­tered against uniden­ti­fied per­sons on the com­plaint of Iqbal Singh, pres­i­dent of the gur­d­wara man­age­ment com­mit­tee at the Dialpura po­lice sta­tion.

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