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Followers of murdered Sikh activist Joga Singh refuse cremation till accused is held

Followers of Sikh activist Joga Singh Khalistani, who succumbed to injuries on Thursday, staged protest outside Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) demanding the arrest of main accused Sandeep Singh, a preacher at Damdami Taksal on Friday.

punjab Updated: Oct 08, 2016 13:34 IST
HT Correspondent
Supporters of Joga Singh Khalistani holding a protest outside DMCH in Ludhiana on Friday.
Supporters of Joga Singh Khalistani holding a protest outside DMCH in Ludhiana on Friday.(HT Photo)

Followers of Sikh activist Joga Singh Khalistani, who succumbed to injuries on Thursday, staged protest outside Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) demanding the arrest of main accused Sandeep Singh, a preacher at Damdami Taksal on Friday.

The protesters said that they will bring their protest on road if the police fail to arrest the accused till Saturday. They also announced that they will not cremate dead body till then.

The protestors alleged that Harnam Singh Dhumma, jathedar of Damdami Taksal and Jasbir Singh Rodey, former Jathedar of Sri Akal Takhat Sahib are giving shelter to the accused and pressuring police for not arresting him.

Meanwhile, heavy police force was deputed at the protest spot and senior officials including additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP-3) Rattan Singh Brar and ADCP (investigation) Balkar Singh were also present.

Jaswant Singh Cheema, district president of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) said that they will stage protest on road by laying dead body if the accused is not arrested.

Manwinder Singh Giaspura from Nirvair Sewa Mission also slammed the state government for not being able to enforce law and order in the city. Joga Singh along with his four associates was attacked on June 30. He was admitted to DMCH hospital, where he died on Thursday after struggling for life for three months.

After his death, the police added the Section 302 (punishment for murder) of Indian Penal Code in the FIR registered against Sandeep Singh and others. The police had already arrested five of the accused, while Sandeep Singh was granted bail by Punjab and Haryana high court.