Clueless 17 days after the murder of Chand Kaur (85), wife of former Namdhari head Satruru Jagjit Singh, at the sect’s Bhaini Sahib headquarters near here, police are verifying if last December’s bomb explosion in a car near Jalandhar has anything to do with it.
The local police on Sunday (April 17) brought the three car-bombing accused over from the Kapurthala jail for interrogation. The production warrants of Jagmohan Singh of Gadaipur, Harbhej Singh of Sirsa, and Hardeep Singh of Bholath were secured on the pretext of looking into their alleged role in the murder of another woman in Ludhiana last September 9; but they will be questioned in the Chand Kaur murder case, police sources have said.
When they were produced in the court of duty magistrate Mehak Sabherwal on Wednesday, supporters of Thakur Dalip Singh, head of Sirsa-based parallel Namdhari dera, got in to plead that the men had been implicated, besides being tortured in police custody. “All this is being done on the pretext of (Namdhari sect head) Satguru Uday Singh,” said advocate Harinder Singh Narang, representing the accused.
He said Jagmohan was still on wheelchair since the explosion, yet his medical state had been ignored in securing production warrants.The court remanded the accused in police custody for another two days.
Namdhari protesters from the Sirsa dera claimed police had slapped three false cases on the Jalandhar car bombing accused. “They took them on production warrants in the 2011 case of the murder of Uday Singh follower Avtar Singh; and secured their custody about the murder of a youth named Lallan Kumar before the latest move,” said a Sirsa Namdhari dera supporter who had come to court.
Looking into all angles: Police
Police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulukh said the investigation into the Jalandhar car bombing case had been entrusted to the Ludhiana police, which was why the three accused had been brought to the city on production warrants. Asked if they could be linked to Chand Kaur’s murder, Aulukh said “police are examining all angles, including this”.