After killing Dera Sacha Sauda followers Satpal Kumar, 65, and his son Ramesh, 35, at the canteen of congregation centre (naam charcha ghar) at Jagera village on Saturday evening, the assailants fled towards Mandi Ahmedgarh. The police are also scanning the closed-circuit television footage in which the accused are seen fleeing on a two-wheeler with their faces covered.
The police also suspect that there are some more accused involved in the killing. Sources said the assailants fled Mandi to Mandi Ahmedgarh, around 2km from the congregation centre. They then reached the level crossing but it was closed. Following this, they returned to the main road changed the vehicle with one of their accomplices. The police are linking the sequences to trace the killers.
After scanning the CCTV’s footage, the police have found that the assailants had come from Malerkotla side. After the crime, the assailants stared at the CCTV camera installed at the canteen and uttered some words. One of them opened fire in the air before leaving.
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Meanwhile, Kuljeet, a dera follower, was the last man to meet Satpal and Ramesh before their murder. Kuljeet said used to perform sewa at canteen along with Satpal and Ramesh. On Saturday, he left the canteen at 6.15pm, and asked Satpal and Ramesh to go to home after closing the canteen.
Kuljeet said six followers used to stay at the congregation centre at night, but on Saturday, all of them left for their villages at 7pm on two motorcycles. But one of the motorcycles developed a snag and they returned to the congregation centre only to see blood stained bodies of Satpal and Ramesh.
Satpal’s younger son Mahesh was lucky to have survived as he was also to visit the centre on Saturday.