The Ludhiana police are all set to question Damdami Takasal head Harnam Singh Dhumma in connection with the May 17 attack on Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadiranwale near Ludhiana.
Six more accused were held in the case on Tuesday, taking the count of those arrested to 14.
Ludhiana police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh said they will be summoning Dhumma.
“As of now, it has emerged that he might have a hand in the attack. Those arrested are his followers. We will summon him as per need,” said Aulakh.
Admitting to the Dhumma link to the attack, Aulakh said police have never hid the fact that some of the accused are from the Taksal. Four of the accused are residents of Mehta Chowk in Amritsar, he added.
Police have also recovered a Mahindra Scorpio (DL3CAS1928) from six accused who were arrested on Tuesday from the PAP Chowk in Jalandhar following a tip-off. They have been identified as Gurvinder Singh alias Goldy, Amarjit Singh Gurpreet Singh, all from Amritsar, Gurmeet Singh, Gurnam Singh and Pritam Singh, all residents of Ferozepur.
The accused were produced in the court that sent them to two-day police remand. The vehicle seized is owned by one Deepak of Kalkaji area in Delhi.
CFSL team visits crime spot
A team from Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Chandigarh reached Ludhiana on Tuesday and visited the spot where the attack took place. The team has also inspected the vehicles impounded by police.
Eight accused produced in court
Of the eight accused produced in the court on Tuesday, four were sent to 14-day judicial custody. They are: Manjit Singh of Dharampura in Ludhiana, Gagandeep Singh and Jaspreet Singh of Chhandran village in Sahnewal and Hardeep Singh of Kohar village near Malerkotla.
The remaining four --- Sukhwinder Singh alias Sonu of Amritsar, Manveer Singh alias Mahant of Ludhiana, Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi of Uttrakhand and Satnam Singh of Faridkot --- were sent to two-day police custody.
Heated arguments were witnessed in court as the public prosecutor sought police remand of the accused. The defence counsel objected and said police have already kept them in remand since five days and having nothing more to investigate.
Police said they have to recover a 30.6 field rifle as two empty shells of the particular rifle were recovered from the crime spot on the Barewal road.