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Tension in Faridkot: Dera followers refuse to cremate Gurdev’s body

The civil and police administration remained on toes throughout the day in Kotkapura on Saturday as dera followers refused to cremate Gurdev’s body, which has been kept at the naam charcha ghar here.

punjab Updated: Jun 19, 2016 09:46 IST
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Cops keeping vigil at Kotkapura near Faridkot on Saturday.
Cops keeping vigil at Kotkapura near Faridkot on Saturday. (HT Photo)

The civil and police administration remained on toes throughout the day in Kotkapura on Saturday as dera followers refused to cremate Gurdev’s body, which has been kept at the naam charcha ghar here.

Thirty-five-year-old Gurdev, a Dera Sacha Sauda follower, who was shot at in Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village on Monday, succumbed to his injuries at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in Ludhiana on Friday.

The dera followers said they won’t cremate the body until the accused were arrested. A large posse of police was deployed in Kotkapura as there were apprehensions that the dera followers might block the Faridkot-Kotkapura road and stage a dharna at the Lal Batti Chowk.

Member of the dera state committee Mahenderpal said they decided against blocking the road as it would have harassed the general public. “But if the accused is not arrested, we will be forced to launch an agitation,” he said.

Repeated attempts of the district administration officials failed to convince the dera followers to cremate the body. Meanwhile, scores of dera followers kept pouring in from nearby towns to Kotkapura.

Later in the evening, senior superintendent of police (SSP) SS Maan held a meeting with the dera representatives. Sources said dera representatives from Sirsa will reach Kotkapura to take a call on cremating Gurdev’s body on Sunday.