The police investigation report states that the supporters of Harnam Singh Dhumma conspired to assassinate Bhai Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale.

Via: the Indian Express:

THE POLICE investigation in the assassination attempt on Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale Wednesday says that the attack was the fallout of a ‘Facebook war’ between the preacher and Harnam Singh Dhuma, head of the Sant Samaj Damdami Taksal (Mehta) which was previously headed by Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.

The four persons arrested by the police have been identified as alleged supporters of Dhuma who wanted to ‘take revenge’ on Dhadrianwala for his ‘Sarkaari sant’ comment.

The Ludhiana police identified the arrested as: Hardev Singh, a resident of Udho Nangal, near Baba Bakala, Amritsar; Gagandeep Singh Harnoor and Jaspreet Singh, residents of Chhadran village, near Katanni Kalan of Ludhiana and Manjeet Singh, a resident of Mohalla Dharampura.

One Hardeep Singh of Kohar village near Malerkotla is also being interrogated by the police. Meanwhile, attending the cremation of Bhupinder Singh who was killed in the attack, Dhadrianwale said if the police fails to arrest all the suspects by Thursday, his supporters would launch a statewide massive agitation against police inaction.

A senior police officer who is part of the investigating team said, “Hardev Singh is the main conspirator. Gagandeep and Jaspreet, his accomplices from Ludhiana, did a recce of the spot and helped him in setting up the fake ‘chabeel’.

During interrogation, they have also confessed the name of one Dalbir Singh. All efforts are being made to arrest Dalbir as soon as possible.” The senior police officer confirmed that Hardev Singh of Amritsar was driving the Bolero vehicle. The fourth accused, Manjit Singh, provided shelter to the accused.

CCTV grabs taken from Ladhowal toll plaza by the police show that accused entered Ludhiana around 5.28 pm in four vehicles and exited the city around 8.15 pm. The suspected vehicles include a black-coloured Mahindra Scorpio with a Delhi registration number owned by one Deepak of Kalkaji area in Delhi; silver-coloured Bolero owned by one Narinder Singh of Patiala; white-coloured Mahindra Open jeep and white-coloured Tata Safari owned by Baba Harnam Singh of village Mehta in Amritsar.

The alleged Dhuma supporters wanted to ‘take revenge’ from Dhadrianwala and tension was simmering since the Sarbat Khalsa called by radicals last year which led to this conspiracy, confirmed police sources. “Dhadrianwale had stayed away from the Sarbat Khalsa which further heightened the tension brewing between the groups.

Read the Rest: IndianExpress

Analysis by Sikh Think Tank Host Gurnam Singh:

Whatever you views are about the personal animosity between Bhai Ranjit Singh and Harnam Singh Dhumma, given all the circumstantial evidence, a clear picture is now emerging of the reasons why this attack took place. The key issue now is whether Harnam Singh Dhumma has any knowledge of the attack or whether some of his supporters chose independently to take the law into their own hands. The answer to this question might be revealed once all the alleged attackers have been rounded up and precise questions about how they planned the attack and procured the weapons and vehicles are answered.

Whatever the outcome it is critical for Sikhs to apply the rule of law, as Ranjit Singh Dhadriwala has been emphasising. We must work on the assumption that Harnam SIngh Dhuma and any of his followers are innocent until proven guilty. The truth should prevail and those guilty should receive an appropriate punishment. If the law is applied fairly, efficiently and impartially, then the Panjab Government has got a excellent opportunity to restore some pride and credibility.

However, if there is a cover-up or the usual stalling tactics are deployed, then I am afraid we could end up in a very serious downward spiral towards anarchy. When people do not get justice through the courts, they either give up or seek their own remedies. When this happens democracy is the ultimate victim.

The Panjab is teetering on the edge and as I have noted during my postings over the past year, the truth is that endemic corruption has resulted in unholy alliances between criminal gangs, drugs and land mafia, politicians and so called ‘Sants’. My advise to ordinary Sikhs is to see through this and stay true to the deep tenants of Sikhism which are about serving humanity, confronting oppression and tyranny and fighting for a just society and living a spiritual life to become liberated from the ego.

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