The gunman who murdered Chand Kaur (85), widow of former Namdhari sect leader Satguru Jagjit Singh, on Monday near here had approached her smiling.
When the man looking to be in mid-thirties walked up to Chand Kaur smiling, her driver, Kartar Singh, took him to be one of the usual blessing seekers at public meetings. “He was in a pair of trousers and shirt, and had turban on. I thought he was bending over to touch her feet when, to my horror, he took put a pistol and shot her in the stomach from close range,” said the eyewitness.
He recalled that the man had fired another bullet while running back to the getaway motorcycle that his accomplice had kept on. “This shot hit her below the ear. Horrified to see her blood, I rang up police,” said Kartar Singh, now complainant in the murder case. Police have recovered the two bullets from the spot and confirmed that these were fired from a pistol.
Kartar Singh is also ‘hazoor sewak’ of present sect head Satguru Uday Singh, and in service of the sect for the past four years. Gatekeeper Nahar Singh and a woman helper of Chand Kaur are the other eyewitnesses.
‘Life gone from sect’
The devotees who thronged the sect after the murder were sad that “the life of the sect is gone”.
Namdhari follower Kulwant Kaur (5) could not stop her tears as she got down from her car and walked into Bhaini Sahib on Monday afternoon. “I have rushed in from Ludhiana. I used to seek her blessings and listen to her sermons. She encouraged women to fight female foeticide, loved children, and devoted her life to serving people. Even at 85, she was so active in organising langars. I cannot imagine this gurdwara without her,” she said.
Chand Kaur, from Sirsa originally, had come to Gurdwara Bhaini Sahib more than five decades ago after being wedded to the previous sect chief. “Five of my generations have come to this gurdwara and taken inspiration from her. She defined our lives,” said another follower, Opinder Singh.
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