Victim family shocked as fellow Dera Sacha Sauda premi booked for Maur Blasts


Bathinda: As per media reports Maur Bomb Blasts’ victim family members whose child lost his live, are shocked by the possibility of Dera Sacha Sauda followers executing the crime. The family is also devotee of Dera Sacha Sauda.

Ankush (13) had died during treatment at a Ludhiana hospital two months after the blasts on January 31, 2017 that left seven dead, including five children, and 12 injured.

The blasts took place shortly after the rally of Harminder Singh Jassi, the Congress candidate from the Maur assembly segment.

According to Hindustan Times Ankush’s father Gyan Chand said, “The revelation that our child became victim of blasts orchestrated by some persons from within the dera has shaken us. We are dera followers for the past 15 years. It is indeed shocking to us to know that the police have found a link between some dera men and the blasts.”

 “We still are dera followers. I think that some wrong people, who had infiltrated into the dera, might have executed the blasts. The police should arrest the real culprits involved in the blasts,” he said.

It’s notable that the police on Friday had named Gurtej Singh Kala of Alika village near Dabwali in Haryana and Amrik Singh of Bhikhi in Punjab’s Mansa in connection with the blasts.

The two have been booked after police produced four persons as witnesses in the case in a Talwandi Sabo court on Thursday. A case against unidentified persons was lodged at the Maur police station in this regard.

Kala was in-charge of the dera workshop where the Maruti Suzuki 800 car used in the blasts was allegedly modified. The four witnesses were working as fitters and painters in the workshop. Both Gurtej and Amrik are considered in the close circle of jailed rape convict dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim. Witnesses have also named a third person who has not yet been named in the case due to lack of evidence.

The Punjab Police are learnt to have asked their counterparts in Haryana and Rajasthan to beef up the security of four witnesses — Harpreet Singh and Sunil Kumar of Sirsa, Krishan Kumar of Karnal and Harmel Singh of Rajasthan’s Sri Ganganagar district — who appeared in the Talwandi Sabo court. An official associated with the investigation said the SHOs concerned have been requested to take care of their security.



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