Amidst the tension that prevailed in Ludhiana after the death of Dera Sacha Sauda follower Gurdev Singh at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on Friday, the family members and dera followers have decided not to take the body for cremation till the culprits are nabbed.
Gurdev was declared dead by the hospital at around 3 am on Friday. Post mortem was conducted in Ludhiana and his body has been kept at a civil hospital mortuary in the city. A meeting of members of the dera committee will be held after which the further course of action will be decided.
35-year-old Gurdev was shot in the back of the head by an assailant soon after he had opened his grocery shop on Monday at 5.30am in Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village, 25 km from Faridkot town.
After his demise, dera followers gathered at the hospital and a huge posse of police was pressed in for service to prevent any untoward incident. However, the situation in Ludhiana was under control as the followers said they did not want the general public to have any kind of inconvenience.
Meanwhile, Faridkot deputy commissioner (DC) Malwinder Singh Jaggi visited the house of Gurdev at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village to offer his condolences to the bereaved family. The dera followers had earlier in the day made assurance that they would not create any kind of violent situation in the region. However, according to sources, more than 5000 people were expected to gather at the Naam Charcha Ghar in Kot Ke Hazure village.
On Thursday as well, the Faridkot administration and police had remained on toes throughout the day after dera followers from nearby towns had started gathering at the Naam Charcha Ghar on the Faridkot bypass since morning. By noon, around 1,500 followers had gathered there, demanding the arrest of persons involved in the attack on Gurdev. Sensing the situation, DC had met the dera followers at his camp office and assured them that the police was close to cracking the case. The DC had also assured the delegation of nabbing the accused soon. After the meeting, the dera followers had deferred their protest.
Jaggi further said proper security arrangements had been made and he himself would sit in Kotkapura to monitor the situation. Meanwhile, situation in Faridkot was normal till the filing of this report.