SIT names dera chief as accused in ‘bir’ theft case


Balwant Garg

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, July 6

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Monday nominated Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim as an accused within the “bir” theft case of June 2015.

A “bir” of Guru Granth Sahib was stolen from a gurdwara at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village within the district on June 1, 2015. Later on October 12, torn pages of the “bir” had been discovered scattered close to a gurdwara at Bargari village.

Two days in the past, the SIT had arrested seven dera followers within the case. It produced a challan (chargesheet) towards them within the courtroom of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) right here at this time.

Ranbir Singh Khattra, DIG and SIT head, stated the investigation to this point and confessional statements of the accused revealed that three sacrilege incidents at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and Bargari villages of Faridkot in 2015 had been executed in session with the dera chief.

It is alleged that underneath a conspiracy, the nationwide committee of the dera had directed the block committee to execute the sacrilege acts after some dera followers at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village had eliminated their “sacred” threads and lockets (given to them by the dera) allegedly on the persuasion of a Sikh preacher.

A complete of 11 individuals have been nominated as accused within the case. While seven of them had been arrested two days in the past, one Mohinder Pal Bittu was killed in Nabha jail final yr. The dera chief is presently lodged within the Rohtak district jail in Sunaria after his conviction in a rape case and the SIT is but to arrest the remaining three accused.

On Monday, the SIT moved an software in an area courtroom to acquire the arrest warrant of Harsh Dhuri, Pardeep Kaler and Sandeep Bareta, all government members of the nationwide committee of the dera.

Meanwhile, the SIT is but to take a call on questioning the dera chie, even because it has already taken the permission from an area courtroom to query him.

Probing the incidents of police firing at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura, the SIT had claimed that a number of witnesses had named the dera chief. So his questioning was essential to unravel the plot behind the police firing incidents and establish the conspirators, the SIT had maintained, describing the dera chief as a “suspect” at the moment. However, even one yr after getting the permission, the SIT is but to query Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

Probe, statements indict Ram Rahim

Ranbir Singh Khattra, DIG and SIT head, stated the investigation to this point and confessional statements of the accused revealed that three sacrilege incidents at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and Bargari villages of Faridkot in 2015 had been executed in session with the dera chief.



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