Sikh radical, Dera Sacha Sauda followers clash in Samana: ASI suspended, probe on
“The clash could have been prevented, had the ASI acted swiftly. He mishandled the situated and was late in even reaching the spot,” said SSP S Bhoopati, adding that he did not even call for reinforcement.punjab Updated: Jul 26, 2017 20:41 IST
Three days after a group of Sikh hardliners clashed with Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda followers over the holding of “naam charcha” (religious congregation) at Marauri, a village in Samana town of Patiala district, assistant sub-inspector Mewa Singh has been suspended for ‘unprofessional conduct’. The ASI was posted at the Mavi Kalan police station that had jurisdiction over the area in which the clash happened.
“The clash could have been prevented, had the ASI acted swiftly. He mishandled the situated and was late in even reaching the spot,” said SSP S Bhoopati, adding that he did not even call for reinforcement.
DIG, Patiala range, Sukhchain Singh Gill, who visited the spot on Wednesday, has directed the SSP to get an investigation done from SP (investigation) Harwinder Singh Virk. He added the police had heard out both parties and an inquiry was on into the matter.
Even as the police have taken some action, tension continued to simmer in the town after dera followers held a ‘naam charcha’ (religious congregation) at the local dera under heavy police force on Wednesday. The dera followers are demanding immediate arrest of alleged culprits involved disrupting their congregation and attacking dera followers on July 23.
Radicals claim minors also detained
Meanwhile, members of Sikh radical organisations gathered at the local gurdwara, protested and sought the immediate release of their members the police had detained on Sunday. Sarbat khalsa appointed jathedars — Baljeet Singh Daduwal, Amrik Singh Ajnala and Dhian Singh Mand — led the gathering.
Protesters here claimed that among those detained was a 14-year-old son of one of the members Bagicha Singh Warriach and another 12-year-old.
Daduwal claimed, “The Samana Police made a 14-year-old and his father sit in the police station for 10 hours. They were released only around 3.30am on Wednesday.” He alleged that at least 12 members of radical organisations had been detained illegally. He also claimed that Dera followers held religious congregation without permission.
Patiala SSP S Bhoopati rubbished all the allegations.
A case under Sections 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 506 (criminal intimidation), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the radicals.