Even as the police are still clueless about the killers of Namdhari matriarch Chand Kaur, the Sirsa dera head of the sect, Thakur Dalip Singh, says he is ready to patch-up with his estranged brother Satguru Uday Singh if the door is shown to the “bad elements”.
Dalip Singh, who was in Ludhiana on Wednesday, said there were people (bad elements) who didn’t want unity of the ‘panth’. He said the very same people had benefited the most from the murder and to derive political benefits, they were taking out processions to show that ‘sangat’ was with them.
“Neither I want property nor I want to be the successor. We (referring to Uday Singh) can come together in the larger interest of our community provided Uday Singh identifies the black sheep and show them the door. People close to me will accept him as their leader and being brothers we will forget differences,” said Dalip Singh.
Lakhbir Singh, spokesperson at Bhaini Sahib, speaking on behalf of Satguru Uday Singh, said they were also willing forget differences provided Dalip Singh distanced himself from people “who executed attacks on them”.
“Dalip Singh is openly supporting the accused in the Jalandhar bomb blast case. We can come together if he stops supporting the elements who want to harm us,” said Lakhbir. He said they have so far not received a communication from Dalip Singh with the offer to reunite.
Both the factions have demanded a CBI probe into the murder of Chand Kaur.
85 year old Chand Kaur was shot dead by two unidentified assailants on April 4. Uday Singh and Dalip Singh are nephews to late Satguru Jagjit Singh, husband of the Chand Kaur. A succession row followed after Jagjit Singh’s death in 2012. Chand Kaur had supported Uday Singh as the successor.