Saying that he has no faith in the Punjab Police investigations in the May 17 murderous attack on him that left his follower Bhupinder Singh dead, Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale on Thursday demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the case.
Dhadrianwale was speaking at the “bhog” ceremony of Bhupinder at Khasi Kalan village. Over 50,000 persons attended the ceremony, including a large number of representatives of various Sikh organisations.
“It is there for the world to see that we have not got justice as the mastermind of the attack is roaming scot free,” said Dhadrianwale in his address.
“Fear of witnesses being threatened looms large and thus an impartial inquiry by the CBI is what we demand. I call upon the sangat to submit a memorandum to deputy commissioners across the state demanding a CBI inquiry,” he said.
Dhadrianwale also announced that they will be holding a ‘samagam’ (congregation) in the memory of Bhupinder every month.
He also rejected the Akal Takht offer for a compromise with Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh Dhumma. “The sangat has rejected you. Don’t try to act as a middleman. I spoke the truth and was targeted. If leaders get angry, let them be, we are not bothered.”
Without naming anybody, Dhadrianwale said: “Somebody is so upset with me that he plans to kill me. I will soon be releasing a video to show the reality as to who is sowing poison. I cannot imagine such an attack as I never had personal enmity with anyone. The truth will come out sooner or later and if I referred somebody as sarkari sant, I was only speaking the truth. Circumstances have come to such a stage that flowers are showered on the accused. We are being told to avoid violence. Have we ever indulged in violence? We are only preachers.”
“Ever since I have started preaching, I have never missed marking my attendance in the sangat. It has happened for the first time that I have not marked my attendance in the past 10 days ever since the murderous attack on me,” Dhadrianwale added.