In spite of police claims that the situation in Dhudike village, the site of a clash between Dera Sacha Sauda followers and radical Sikhs on Tuesday, was under control, there has been no let-up in guard. The entry and exit points to the village still see a posse of policemen.
In this regard, a delegation of Dera members from Sirsa and Moga met SSP Kamaljeet Singh Dhillon on Thursday, demanding immediate arrest of the accused.
Manjit Singh, member of the district level committee of the Dera, said, "We have handed over a memorandum to senior police officials and demanded the arrest of 'miscreants' responsible for the violence. If we do not get justice, a state-wide campaign will be launched."
Earlier, perhaps sensing that radical Sikhs could retaliate to police action, the state government asked senior Akali leader and former agriculture minister jathedar Tota Singh to visit the village and defuse the situation. The senior leader was in Delhi in connection with assembly polls there.
Tota Singh, along with well-known Punjabi writer Jaswant Singh Kanwal, and several prominent personalities visited Dhudike and met villagers as well as family members of injured dera followers, sources said. Akali leader Jagtar Singh Dhaliwal, sarpanch Jasdeep Singh and block president of the Shiromani Youth Akali Dal Gurpreet Singh were also part of the group.
Though Tota Singh denied having visited dera followers' families, sources said that the former minister counselled dera followers to wait for police investigation into the clash.
"I have requested villagers a nd local leaders of various Sikh organisations to maintain peace in Dhudike and surrounding areas. I will submit a report to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. Law and order will be maintained," said Tota Singh.
Jagtar Singh Dhaliwal, senior Akali leader and Moga zila parishad member, and Dhudike sarpanch Jasdeep Singh, claimed that they had been falsely implicated.
"We visited the spot to pacify the members of both sides," claimed Jasdeep Singh, adding that a case was slapped without going into the specifics.
When contacted, the SSP, said, "No arrest has been made. The statements of villagers are being recorded. A special investigation team visited several houses at Dhudike for investigation."