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Police seeks govt’s nod to arrest dera head

Chandigarh, June 23
Trouble for Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has increased, with the police seeking the Punjab government’s approval to arrest him for hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikhs.

Acting on a court order, the Bathinda police has sent an application to the government seeking sanction to prosecute the dera head, Bathinda police chief Naunihal Singh told PTI over the phone here today.

A court in Bathinda had on May 20 issued a conditional non-bailable warrant against the head of Sirsa-based sect.

On an application moved by the police seeking an arrest warrant against the dera head, the court had observed that the police would have to seek prior permission from the government before the prosecution of the dera head.

However, the state government is yet to decide on the police application, which is pending with the principal secretary (Home), chief secretary R.I. Singh said.

The order of the Bathinda court has to be executed by July 1. — PTI

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