A Faridkot court on Wednesday framed charges against three Dera Sacha Sauda followers at a case of desecration of Sikh holy book.
On June 13, 2018, the Punjab Police’s special investigation team (SIT) headed by deputy inspector general (DIG) Ranbir Singh Khatra conducted hunt at the homes of Mohinder Pal Bittu, prime accused in the Bargari sacrilege episode, and another dera follower Sukhjinder Singh in Kotkapura and recovered a desecrated sacred book and 28 used cartridges from the former’s place. A case was registered in the Kotkapura city police station.
The court of particular judge Harbans Singh Lekhi ordered that charges have been framed under Sections 295-A (outraging religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Sections 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act and Sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against Shakti Singh and Sukhjinder Singh alias Sunny Kanda of Kotkapura and Mahinder Kumar of Sangrur.
Shakti and Sukjinder are accused in Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and Bargari desecration incidents.
Bittu, the dera’s state committee member who had been murdered at the Nabha jail in June this year, was accused of being the principal conspirator in this case.
The recovered desecrated publication was’Janam Sakhi of Guru Nanak Dev’ while the used cartridges were of .32 bore pistol.
The SIT has claimed from the chargesheet which Bittu, Shakti and Sukhjinder Singh desecrated the publication at Bittu’s home and also tried to instigate violence in 2017 to conserve dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim from sentence.
In a statement filed to the court, SIT has promised that Bittu was primary dera handler in Kotkapura and obtained huge quantity of money to distribute one of sect followers to instigate violence. The accused told the court the charges against them are false and politically motivated.