Dera Sacha Sauda follower Gurdev Singh, who on Friday succumbed to the bullet injury sustained in an attack on Monday, was cremated at his village, Burj Jawahar Singh Wala, on Sunday.
The stalemate between the district administration and the deceased’s kin and dera followers broke after Faridkot deputy commissioner MS Jaggi met them in Kotkapura on Sunday afternoon. He assured them the culprits will be nabbed soon and Gurdev’s wife, Sarabjeet Kaur, will be appointed as a constable in the Punjab Police.
Later, Gurdev’s body was taken to his village and cremated at 3.15pm in presence of thousands of dera followers and villagers. Dera followers had been camping at Kotkapura ever since he was admitted to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, after being shot at outside his shop early on Monday morning. Police vigil was increased in the town and nearby villages after he was declared dead in the wee hours of Friday, and his family refused to perform the last rites till the culprits were arrested.
Despite several rounds of talks between the dera representatives and the administration, little headway could be made over the week. Dera followers alleged the police were not conducting a thorough investigation. They, however, softened their stand by Saturday evening after a meeting with administrative officials. The dera state committee, however, warned to launch an agitation if the culprits are not arrested.