The first-information report (FIR) into the murder of Namdhari matriarch Chand Kaur (88) on Monday at the sect’s headquarters here says that three men from the dera chased the shooter.
Gatekeeper Nahar Singh and dera followers Dilbagh Singh and Gurjant Singh could not catch the killer, as he got away on a motorcycle that his accomplice had kept on full throttle, mentions the five-page FIR, a copy of which is with HT. Complainant Kartar Singh (43), who carried Chand Kaur to hospital in Ludhiana where she died, has stated in the report that he can identify the attackers.
Kartar Singh is a dera resident attached with Satguru Uday Singh. His FIR further reads: “At 9.05am on Monday, I ferried Mata Chand Kaur in the golf cart from Bhaini Sahib to Satguru Partap Singh Academy through gate 2 on the outer road. New classes were to begin and prayers were on at the academy. After the function ended around 10AM, we sat in the cart, with Mataji on my right. On the outer road, a 5-foot-9-inch man of wheatish complexion — in a pair of trousers, a shirt, and a red turban — who approached her on the pretext of touching her feet, took out a pistol and shot her in the chest and head. He ran towards the gaushala (cattle pound) side where the other turbaned man was waiting to take him away on the motorcycle.”
The FIR is registered under Sections 302 (murder) and 34 (common intent in crime) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and various sections of the Arms Act.
DGP inspects crime scene
Punjab director general of police (DGP) Suresh Arora on Monday visited the scene of crime at Bhaini Sahib where Namdhari matriarch Mata Chand Kaur (88) was murdered on Monday.
Ludhiana police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh and other senior officials were with Arora when he had a meeting with Satguru Uday Singh, sitting head of the Namdhari sect, for more than 30 minutes at the gurdwara. The DGP said police were working on multiple theories with hope for vital clues.
“We cannot disclose anything right now. I am sure the investigative team will do a good job,” the DGP said. A day after the cremation of Chand Kaur, Radha Soami dera chief Baba Gurinder Singh visited Bhaini Sahib from Beas to express grief over her death.
Ludhiana police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulukh said cases such as this took time to be solved. “It is not a simple murder in which the motive is clear, but we hope to get a lead soon,” said Aulukh.