Revealing a new link in the ongoing investigation into the stealing of a copy of Guru Granth Sahib from the gurdwara at Burj Jawahar Singh wala village in Faridkot district on June 1, SAD (Amritsar) general secretary Jaskaran Singh Kahansinghwala on Wednesday said he, along with other protesters, had given the Faridkot police a list of six people who, they suspected, were involved in the incident. However, the police allegedly did not pursue the lead.
Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a joint press conference organised by the Sikh bodies organising the Sarbat Khalsa, Jaskaran said following the incident he, along with others, was helping the Faridkot police pursue the case. “We met the DSP and gave him names of six people who, we suspected, were involved in the incident. The names were not of Dera Sacha Sauda followers. They included the granthi of the gurdwara, his wife and a shady character from the village. He used to carry 25 SIMs, which he kept putting in different mobile phones and was in touch with the granthi,” Jaskaran said.
“However, the police did not check what we had told them. Instead I, along with other protesters, was arrested and kept in jail for 26 days. The day we were to be released, the police would have booked us again for raising slogans. How could we raise slogans outside while we were in jail?” he asked.
“At one point, the DSP agreed he would conduct a physical check of every house in the village. An announcement was made from the gurdwara that everyone was to stay indoors. But then the check was never carried out. We were told that they had received a phone call from someone in Chandigarh and shelved the plan,” Jaskaran said.