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19 Sikh radicals arrested for disrupting dera congregation in Ferozepur

Nineteen Sikh hardliners, who were booked for disrupting a religious congregation of Dera Sacha Sauda followers at Makhu and Mallanwala villages under Zira in Ferozepur a few days ago, were arrested on Tuesday.

punjab Updated: Feb 28, 2017 22:21 IST
Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar
Ek Noor Khalsa Fauj leader Dilbagh Singh in police custody and police arresting Sikh radicals at Mallanwala in Ferozepur on Tuesday.
Ek Noor Khalsa Fauj leader Dilbagh Singh in police custody and police arresting Sikh radicals at Mallanwala in Ferozepur on Tuesday.(HT Photo)

Nineteen Sikh hardliners, who were booked for disrupting a religious congregation of Dera Sacha Sauda followers at Makhu and Mallanwala villages under Zira in Ferozepur a few days ago, were arrested on Tuesday. They have been sent to judicial custody till March 10.

The police arrested members of Ek Noor Khalsa Fauj, an outfit formed by Sikh clerics, Dilbagh Singh, Harjit Singh, Kamaljit Singh, Gurjeet Singh, Channan Singh, Harjit Singh, alias Happy, Jaskaran Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh, Baljeet Singh and Swaran Singh, besides others. Two teenagers, who were also detained, have been sent to the Ludhiana juvenile home.

Meanwhile, Sikh radicals sought a case against dera followers who threw chilli powder in eyes of Sikhs and two policemen at Mallanwala.

Tension prevailed at Mallanwala, a town in Zira sub-division of Ferozepur district, on Saturday when a group of Sikh hardliners, led by Dilbagh, disrupted “naam charcha” (religions congregation) by dera followers. They climbed onto the rooftops of the houses in the lane where the congregation was being held.

As dera followers were crossing the lane to reach the venue, Sikh hardliners allegedly pelted them with stones, leading to tension. The hardliners then intercepted a commercial vehicle being driven by two young dera followers and stumbled upon packets of chili powder, sticks and baseball bats from it. To escape the wrath of the hardliners, two dera followers threw chilli powder and fled. Four Sikhs and two cops were hurt in the incident.

Soon, more police force arrived at the spot. Ferozepur deputy commissioner Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal and senior superintendent of police Gaurav Garg too reached the spot and managed to disperse the two groups.

On February 19 too, Sikh radicals disrupted a religious congregation of the Dera Sacha Sauda at Makhu town of Zira.

Raj Kumar, a dera follower, had organised the “naam charcha” at railway colony in Makhu, 58 km from Ferozepur. However, Sikh radicals reached the spot and opposed the holding of congregation. They even uprooted the “pandal” at the venue, leading to tension. The two groups started raising slogans against each other, leading to heated exchanges between them.

Police, which were present on the venue since morning, jumped into action and pacified the two groups and managed to disperse them.