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Bargari sacrilege: Dera follower Mohinder Pal Bittu main conspirator, says SIT

The SIT said stolen ‘bir’ (copy of Guru Granth Sahib) was thrown by Bittu in a drain on the Devi Wala road.

punjab Updated: Jun 16, 2018 13:11 IST
Gagandeep Jassowal
Gagandeep Jassowal
Hindustan Times, Kotkapura
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The special investigation team (SIT) of the Punjab Police, probing the three-year-old case of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari of Faridkot and other similar events, has named Dera Sacha Sauda follower Mohinder Pal Bittu as the main conspirator of the incident.

The SIT claimed that stolen ‘bir’ (copy of Guru Granth Sahib) was thrown by Bittu in a drain on the Devi Wala road here. SIT member added that the search operation was carried out for five hours, from 3am to 8 am on Saturday morning. However, they were yet to recover it.

“Bittu confessed that he had hatched the conspiracy. After his confession, we started the process to recover ‘bir’ and will make every possible effort to recover it,” said DIG Ranbir Singh Khatra, SIT head.

“We also searched Naam Charcha house (where dera followers offer prayers) to recover ‘bir’, but we were unable to find any proof. Later Bittu claimed that he had thrown rest of the ‘bir’ in a drain after scattering pages in Bargari village,” added Khatra.

He said the SIT took samples of water to check the time a paper or cloth will take the completely absorb the water and lose its form.

The DIF told mediapersons that the SIT had informed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Till date, the SIT has arrested seven dera followers, including Bittu.

Mohinder Pal Bittu, a state committee member of Dera Sacha Sauda, was nabbed from Palampur in Himachal Pradesh on June 7. He was on the run since August 2017 following the conviction of dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

To evade his arrest, Bittu had allegedly been living in Palampur and running a restaurant.

The case

The sacrilege incident had triggered a statewide outrage after a ‘bir’ (copy of Guru Granth Sahib) was stolen from a gurdwara at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala on June 1, 2015. On October 12, 2015, torn pages of the ‘bir’ were found scattered in front of a gurdwara at Bargari village.

In June 2016, there were massive protests after an unidentified man gunned down Gurdev Singh, a dera follower, at his grocery shop at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village of Faridkot.

First Published: Jun 16, 2018 13:01 IST