Punjab

Special Investigation team nominates Dera Head Gurmeet Ram Rahim as accused in theft of Bir case related to village Burj Jawahar Singh

Raghbir Singh Brar | July 06, 2020 07:02 PM

Faridkot: The Special Investigation (SIT) on Monday field a charge sheet against 11 accused in the court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Faridkot nominating Dera Sacha Souda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh as an accused in the case of the theft of the “Bir” from village Burj Jawahar Singh wala which happened on  June 1,2015.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim is currently in Sunaria jail in Haryana.

SIT had arrested 7 dera followers on Saturday and 5 of them were sent on three day police remand while two had been released as they had already been granted bail by CBI court way back in 2018.

5 accused on Monday have been sent to judicial custody by the court as their police remand had ended.

There are a total 11 accused in the case including the Dera Head now. One of the accused Mohinderpal Bittu, from Kotkapura, was murdered in Nabha jail last year and SIT has filed an application before the court seeking the arrest warrants of the three others in the case. The next hearing on the application has been fixed on July 8.

The SIT had taken the accused to village Burj Jawahar Singh wala on Sunday besides a Naam Charcha Ghar of the sect at Kotkapura and village Sikhan Wala as the accused had allegedly admitted to the investigating team that two dera followers had stolen the”Bir” from village Burj Jawahar Singh Wala on a motorcycle and it was brought to Kotkapura and then it had been hidden at the house of a dera follower in village Sikhan Wala. On October 12, its pages were torn and scattered in village Bargari near Gurdwara Sahib.

The accused have allegedly confessed to the SIT that the national committee of the Dera had directed the Block committee to do the sacrilege out of an act of revenge because some of the dera followers had allegedly removed their "sacred threads or lockets" under the influence of a sikh preacher, it has been learnt.

As the many dera followers questioned by the SIT, named the dera head behind the conspiracy, so his name has been added to the charge sheet as accused.

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