A local court granted a two-day pre-trial detention to interrogate six Dera Sacha Sauda security men, who would have been asked to resort to violence if the verdict was not in favor of their guru.
Dera’s six disciples, including a driver, were identified as Ranjit Singh, 25, Sirsa, Dharmender, 27, Uttar Pradesh,
Anup of 30-year-old Haryana, 43-year-old Krishanpal Singh, 43-year-old Sangrur, Maninder Singh, 36-year-old Patiala and Sukhwinder Singh of Fatehabad.
All of them were reserved under the Weapons Act and relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
The six persons, including one driver, Ranjit Singh (25), Sirsa resident, Dharmender (27), resident of Uttar Pradesh,
Anup (30), resident of Haryana, Krishanpal Singh
(43), resident of Sangrur,
Maninder Singh (43), resident of Patiala, and
Sukhwinder Singh (36), a resident of Fatehabad, was brought before the court of the first judicial magistrate, where police ordered a one-week pre-trial detention, but was granted two days.
Manimajra station officer Harmanjit Singh told the magistrate that although the defendants were taken to Sirsa, they were denied entry into the dera by the army for security reasons.
Therefore, they needed more time to interrogate them so they could take them to Sirsa and arrest a man named Mithoo.
Police said he gave the defendant fuel, money, a car and a gun to come to Panchkula as part of Ram Rahim’s parade.
Defense lawyer Gagan Inder Singh objected to the claim that the defendants were “blind followers of the so-called god and were corrupted by the system because they were poor.” He said: “They are poor and have fallen into a trap.
As stressed HT, the defendant obtained ₹ 1,000 each and a 30-liter gasoline. Police said Mithoo had received instructions from Dera’s board of 11-12 members, mostly doctors and lawyers, after which the defendant had issued instructions.
STRAP / BLURB: The defendant would have had ₹ 1,000 each and a 30-liter gas box in the direction of the Dera address