A vacation bench of the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday sought a status report from Punjab Police on the investigation into the May 17 attack on Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale , on the petition of his two followers for going over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The vacation bench of justice AB Chaudhri was hearing a petition filed by Jasvir Singh and Gurpinder Singh, who were part of the cavalcade that had come under attack in Ludhiana. Preacher’s aide Bhupinder Singh had been killed and Dhadrianwale injured in the shooting. Dhadrianwale and his driver, Kulwinder Singh, had also moved the high court on June 2, seeking a CBI inquiry and alleging that Sikh seminary Damdami Taksal’s head Harnam Singh Dhumma was behind the crime. Both petitions will be taken up on July 7.
The followers in their petition, too, have alleged the role of Dhumma in the attack and submitted that police had neither arrested the Sikh radical leader nor tried to interrogate him even after he had threatened Dhadrianwale openly and turned out to be owner of the recovered getaway Tata Safari vehicle. “The registration certificate submitted in the court shows clearly that Dhumma is involved directly in the incident,” the petition claims.
The petitioners accused police of “colluding” with the accused, thus necessitating an inquiry by an impartial agency.