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College girl held in Dera chief attack case

21-year-old college girl from Mansa in Punjab Parveen was arrested in connection with the bomb attack on Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's motorcade.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2008 23:08 IST

A 21-year-old college girl from Mansa in Punjab was on Friday arrested in connection with the bomb attack on Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's motorcade while it was passing through the city on February 2.

Parveen, who is the daughter of one Sadiq Mohammad of Bhame Kalan village in Mansa district, was produced before a court which granted the police a 7-day remand for questioning her.

"She is the fifth accused to be arrested in this case so far," Deputy Superintendent of Police SS Bhoria told a news conference.

He said a case under Section 120-B (conspiracy) has been registered against Parveen, a BA first year student of Mohindra College in Patiala, Punjab "as preliminary inquiries revealed her involvement".

She later dropped out of the plot to eliminate the Dera chief, who has earned the wrath of the Sikh clergy following his appearing before followers in an attire similar to the dress of 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh.

The Dera chief escaped unhurt when a tyre stuffed with explosives was hurled at his convoy on National Highway-1 which passes though the city on February 2.