Jalandhar blast: Sirsa faction trains guns on Bhaini Sahib committee

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jan 21, 2016 21:01 IST
Navtej Singh of Namdhari Panthak Ekta Action Committee addressing the media in Jalandhar on Thursday. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

In a fresh twist to the Jalandhar car bomb blast case, a group owing allegiance to Thakur Dalip Singh, spiritual head of the Sirsa faction of Namdhari Sikhs, on Thursday alleged that the management of Namdhari Darbar at Bhaini Sahib in Ludhiana was dragging Dalip Singh’s name in the case.

Members of Namdhari Panthak Ekta Action Committee alleged that supporters of the Bhaini Sahib sect headed by Thakur Uday Singh are maligning the image of Dalip Singh by saying the latter was behind the bomb plot even as police are yet to complete its investigation.

Navtej Singh, International Namdhari Sangat president, said Thakur Dalip Singh and his followers are in no way associated with the incident.

“It’s a conspiracy hatched by office-bearers of the Bhaini Sahib committee to defame Thakur Dalip Singh. They want to create confusion to divide the Namdhari section”, alleged Navtej.

Committee’s state president Darshan Singh alleged that the members of his group have been beaten up by those belonging to the Bhaini Sahib sect

“Our men have been framed in false cases,” he said, adding that they we are not allowed to enter Namdhari gurdwaras managed by Thakur Uday Singh’s followers.

Panel denies charges

Surinder Singh Namdhari, spokesperson of Namdhari Darbar at Bhaini Sahib, denied the allegations levelled by the Dalip Singh group.

He said a police probe was on in the car bomb blast case and the truth will come out before everyone soon.

On December 6, 2015, an explosion inside a Maruti Swift Dzire car at Dugri village, 20 km from Jalandhar, resulted in death of one Ajay Kumar and injured Jagmohan Singh, who faces three murder cases.

After some days, police arrested a Bholath resident Hardeep Singh and recovered a tiffin bomb.

It was alleged that the accused were a part of plot to eliminate Thakur Uday Singh.

Both accused are currently in Kapurthala jails. The next hearing in the case is now on January 25.

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