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Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Spotlight -

Mo­hin­der Pal Singh Bittu:

A prom­i­nent dera fig­ure in Malwa re­gion and bak­ery owner from Kotka­pura was the mas­ter­mind of the sacri­lege. On June 8, the SIT ar­rested him from Palam­pur. He had a long­stand­ing en­mity with Sikh lead­ers in the re­gion. He would of­ten chal­lenge Sikh preach­ers when they spoke against the Sirsa dera head.

Har­jin­der Singh Man­jhi:

A Sikh preacher whose dis­course at Burj Jawa­har

Singh Wala trig­gered the sacri­lege. In March 2015, Man­jhi held a dis­course in the vil­lage in which he con­vinced some fol­low­ers to re­nounce the dera. Dera lead­ers of the area con­spired to avenge this in­sult by car­ry­ing out the sacri­lege.

Baljit Singh Daduwal:

A Sikh rad­i­cal leader hav­ing a dera at Kot­shamir in Bathinda dis­trict, he has re­mained at log­ger­heads with dera fol­low­ers in Malwa. Once close to Badals, later their re­la­tions soured.

The SIT says the dera fol­lower ac­cused of sacri­lege planned to kill him. But that plan was not im­ple­mented as it did not get the nod from the Sirsa dera head­quar­ters. Along­with Pan­th­preet, he was face of the demon­stra­tions against sacri­lege.

RS Kha­tra, Pun­jab Po­lice DIG:

Head of the SIT team con­sti­tuted dur­ing the

SAD-BJP gov­ern­ment. He was not in­ves­ti­gat­ing cases of Burj Jawa­har Singh Wala and Bar­gari as they were handed over to the CBI. He was prob­ing the sacri­lege in­ci­dents in nearby Gu­rusar and Malke from where leads of th­ese cases emerged and he cracked the en­tire con­spir­acy.

Cha­ran­jit Sharma (retd SSP):

He was the Farid­kot

SSP when the sacri­lege in­ci­dent at Burj Jawa­har

Singh Wala hap­pened. He was lead­ing the po­lice team that clashed with Sikh pro­test­ers at Be­hbal Kalan, killing two peo­ple. He was booked for mur­der with three other cops.

Rakesh Dirba: Per­sonal as­sis­tant to the dera head, the SIT says, Rakesh of Dirba town in San­grur was the key link in get­ting the nod for sacri­lege from the dera head­quar­ters. It’s not clear if the dera head was part of the con­spir­acy. At present, Ram Rahim is jailed in Ro­htak for rap­ing two women fol­low­ers.

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