A local court, on Thursday, remanded radical Sikh leader and a member of the executive committee of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) Baljit Singh Daduwal to one-day custody of the Mansa police in a three-year-old attempt-to-murder case.
The Faridkot police had arrested Daduwal on Friday night in a five-year-old case and a fresh case under the arms act for allegedly possessing illegal arms and a court had sent him in judicial custody till September 6.
Earlier, a Faridkot court had given the Mansa cops, who wanted the custody of Daduwal, verbal directions to procure production warrants for Daduwal from the Mansa court.
The Mansa police had approached the court of the judicial magistrate here and the court granted one-day police remand amid tense situation as hundred of Daduwal’s supporters had thronged the city from all over the state.
The Mansa police have reportedly reopened a three-year-old attempt-to-murder case, registered against Daduwal and others in 2011. On January 3, 2011, the Mansa police had taken Daduwal into preventive custody over his alleged remarks against the head of the Dera Sacha Sauda. Angry over the move, his supporters had clashed with the police at Bhikhi town of the district and 50 of them were charged with attempted murder and other offences. As soon as the news spread that Daduwal will be brought today from Faridkot to Mansa, hundreds of his supporters gathered near the district court complex. The police, however, stopped them from reaching the court building. They raised slogans against government for his arrest.
Daduwal alleged the old cases were being reopened at the behest of the state government. "It is simply political vendetta due to which I am behind the bars. I don't know for what reason, the state
government is harassing me. I am a normal religious preacher having no political affiliation."
On being asked about the allegation of hiding fire arms, Daduwal responded, “Cops can create any fact and can arrange weapons anytime.”
Meanwhile, the police justified the reopening of the case against Daduwal. "One of the injured in that incident (in 2011), Satwant Singh has complained that this case should be reinvestigated and we have adopted every legitimate procedure to see that this case meets its conclusion," said senior superintendent of police (SSP) Bhupendra Singh Khattra.