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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Punjab The Latest as it comes

Case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief

Chander Parkash

Tribune News Service
Bathinda, May 20

The police has registered a case against Ram Rahim Gurmit Singh, head of the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda, for his alleged involvement in the act causing hurt to sentiments of the Sikh community and subsequent violence here.
In the FIR, registered at the city police station today, Ram Rahim Gurmit Singh has been charged under Section 295-A of the IPC. The case has been registered on a complaint of Rajinder Singh Sidhu, president of the local Khalsa Diwan.
Though the case against the dera head was registered today only, the police kept on working till late last night over where the case should be registered and for which offence.
This is a third case registered in the city police station in connection with the happenings taking place in the district since May 14. The police had registered two criminal cases against followers of the dera and arrested around nine of them.
Police sources said investigation into the fresh case would be conducted by the SHO (city).
Sidhu, in his complaint, has alleged that by inserting advertisements in various newspapers showing Ram Rahim Gurmit Singh imitating Guru Gobind Singh the dera chief hurt the sentiments of Sikhs.
The Sikh clergy, after attending the Panthic meet held at Talwandi Sabo on May 17, issued the edict of a social boycott of Ram Rahim Gurmit Singh by Sikhs. They Sikh clergy had also issued directions to Punjab, Haryana and central governments to put a curb on the anti-Sikh Panth activities and to arrest him for his blasphemous act by may 20.
In the aftermath of the violence following the religious row, the Punjab government had ordered an inquiry by the IG (Zonal), Patiala. Jatinder Jain, DIG, Faridkot range, said law would take its own course in the case.

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