Bathinda zone inspector general of police (IGP) Paramraj Singh Umranangal on Monday held separate meetings with followers of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda and Sikhs as a heavy police force was deployed at Jogewala village in Makhu, where a clash had taken place between the two groups on Sunday.The IG met the dera followers at Moga in the morning and later met Sikh followers at Makhu.
The Sikh followers demanded a cross-case against the dera followers for violence while the dera representatives demanded the arrest of the five Sikh followers who were booked for attempt to murder besides other charges on Sunday night.
Umranangal told HT that the two groups had been told to maintain law and order while the police were scanning the video of the incident.
Twelve people were injured in a clash in which gunshots were allegedly fired between the dera followers and Sikhs at Jogewala village near Makhu on Sunday. The clash had taken place over a religious congregation by the dera followers.
Infant had fallen during melee, dies
Faridkot: An infant had died as he had fallen off the lap of his mother as people ran helter-skelter following the clash. Kinder Kaur of Devi Wala village in Faridkot, was carrying one-year-old Rajvir Singh in her lap.
Kinder had reportedly gone to meet her sister-in-law at Jogewala village and had accompanied her to attend the dera congregation.
The family did not lodge a complaint and brought the body to their village on Sunday night. "The police visited the village to avoid any untoward incident. But, the family peacefully cremated the child on Monday afternoon," said Kotkapura Sadar SHO Paramjit Singh.