The Fazilka police on Friday arrested two more accused in the murder at Akali leader Shiv Lal Doda’s farmhouse near Abohar. With this, the police have so far apprehended as many as 21 accused, while five, including Doda alias Sholi, are still at large.
Doda’s anticipatory bail application will be heard at the court of additional district and sessions judge, Fazilka, on Saturday.
Initially, 17 people were booked under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 148 (armed riot), and 120-B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). However, public pressure forced the police to add the Doda and his nephew, Amit Doda, to the list. Later, the police also included the names of seven more people alleged to be involved in the crime.
“Accused Sunny Palendo and Rajwinder alias Raju were arrested and sent to three days of police remand by the local court,” revealed Amar Singh Chahal, DIG, Ferozepur Range, who is also heading the fourmember special investigation team (SIT) probing the brutal murder of a 27-year-old Dalit, Bhim Sain.
“The police are now looking to for rest of the absconders, including Shiv Lal Doda, Raja, Wazir, Chajj and Dhanraj alias Dhana,” Chahal added.
On the morning of December 11, Bhim was attacked with sharp-edged weapons alleged by Harry, one of Doda’s workers, at the Akali leader’s farmhouse at Ramsara village. Sain, whose limbs were chopped off, died at a hospital in Amritsar later in the evening. His associate, Gurjant Singh, whose limbs were also severed, is still under treatment.
Doda’s family have claimed that he was innocent, saying his image was being tarnished by his political opponents.