Panic prevailed at Satguru Partap Singh (SPS) Hospital on GT Road on Monday, when hundreds of Namdhari sect followers as well as heavy police force accompanied injured Chand Kaur (90), wife of late Namdhari sect head Satguru Jagjit Singh, to the hospital around 10am on Monday.
The hospital resembled a cantonment with a huge posse of police pressed in for security.
Earlier in the morning, Chand Kaur was attacked by two unidentified motorcyclists with a revolver from a point blank range at Namdhari centre, Bhaini Sahib. She breathed her last at hospital in the afternoon.
Lakhveer Singh Baddowal, press secretary of Namdhari centre at Bhaini Sahib, said, “Followers in huge numbers accompanied Chand Kaur to the hospital and there was a sense of resentment and grief among them.”
She was brought here in a critical state, as two bullets had hit her in abdomen and below temple. When the news of her death was announced around 2pm, eyes of the followers present at the hospital drenched with tears. Following this, the body was sent to civil hospital for post-mortem, while followers soaked in despair returned to their houses.
Amarveer Singh, one of the followers at the SPS hospital, said, “It is certainly a great loss to our community and everyone is aggrieved. It is an inhuman act and police department as well as government must ensure that a thorough probe is marked into the case and strict punitive action is taken against the culprits.”
Later, Chand Kaur’s body was shifted to Namdhari centre at Bhaini Sahib after post-mortem. Her last rites will be performed on Tuesday.
Ludhiana deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat and commissioner of police Jatinder Singh Aulakh were also present at the centre. They took stock of the situation and assured that the culprits behind the murder would soon be brought to justice.