Day after the murderous attack on Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale, in which his associate Bhupinder Singh Dhakki Sahibwale was gunned down on Barewal Road here, the latter’s supporters laid siege to Samrala Chowk, and raised slogans against Punjab government and police demanding arrest of the accused, on Wednesday.
The followers stopped the ambulance, when his family members were bringing back his body from the civil hospital, and blocked the chowk for at least 45 minutes causing inconvenience to scores of commuters.
Earlier, they huddled at the civil hospital where his post-mortem was being conducted on Wednesday morning.
Later, deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Dhruman Nimbale and other officials told protesters that some suspects had been rounded up and police would solve the matter soon. After this assurance, protesters lifted the protest. Meanwhile, commuters were harried a lot due to the blockade, in the scorching heat.
Unidentified gunmen had opened fire at Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale’s cavalcade near Ludhiana on Tuesday, leaving his associate dead. The 36-year-old preacher, however, escaped with minor injuries in a well-planned bid to eliminate him.
Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) state president Jaswinder Singh Balliyewal, and Raikot Congress MLA Gurcharan Singh Boparai, who is Bhupinder Singh’s cousin, said, “Police told them about investigation they have been carrying out to solve the case following which they lifted the protest.” Later in the evening, police announced the arrest of four people in the case.