As Sukhbir meets him, Dhadrianwale: ‘I know who’s behind attack, govt must name’

  • Vishal Rambani, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: May 19, 2016 22:17 IST
In a closed-door meeting which lasted for around 30 minutes, Sukhbir apprised the Sikh preacher about the police action in the case. (Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)

Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal on Thursday met Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale and said the state police have almost cracked the case and soon all accused would be behind bars.

However, Dhadrianwale said besides the arrest of the accused, the government should name the conspirators behind the attack on him.

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In a closed-door meeting which lasted for around 30 minutes, Sukhbir apprised the Sikh preacher about the police action in the case. He said instructions had been issued to the police to provide adequate security to him.

Talking to the media Sukhbir said the state government would not spare anyone involved in the criminal act. He said the state director general of police (DGP) is monitoring the investigations and a special task force had been formed to crack the case. “I can’t disclose the probe details, but the police have identified the accused, who are on the run. Raids have been conducted to nab the accused,” said the deputy CM. He said the government was committed to ensure peace and maintain law and order in the state.

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Dhadrianwale, who also addressed the media in the presence of Sukhbir, said: “I am satisfied with the police probe in the case, but the state government should name the persons behind the attack. I know the conspirators, but the government should disclose their names,” said the Sikh preacher, who also refused to take Punjab Police security. He said if government fails to name the conspirator, he will himself name him.

Dhadrianwale alleged a sharp shooter from Mumbai was hired by the conspirators to eliminate him.

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Meanwhile, the police have beefed up security at Gurdwara Parmeshar Dwar where the Sikh preacher is living. Inspector general of police (IGP), Patiala zone, Paramraj Singh Umranangal and senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurmeet Singh Chauhan also took stock of security arrangements.

Cabinet minister Surjit Singh Rakhra and Youth Akali Dal (Malwa zone) president Harpal Juenja also accompanied Sukhbir.

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