Dera deputy head murder case ‘solved’, two arrested

Dera deputy head murder case ‘solved’, two arrested

Amarjit Singh and Harmeet Singh in police custody in Bathinda on Friday. Tribune photo

lwant Garg

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, November 22

Two week after the murder of deputy head of Harka Das dera in Kot Sukhia village of Faridkot, the police on Friday claimed to have solved the case by arresting two persons.

The police investigation revealed that the murder was an outcome of struggle for the throne of the dera. The deceased, Baba Dayal Das, was the officiating incharge of the dera as the incumbent dera head, Baba Hari Das, has been ill for the past many months. As Baba Dayal Das was being seen as imminent successor of Baba Hari Das, another aspirant for the top chair, Baba Jarnail Das, who is the head of Kapure branch of the dera (Moga), hatched a conspiracy, claimed the police.

The police have arrested Amarjit Singh alias Makhan of Chugawan (Moga) and Harmeet Snigh alias Rubal of Kapure (Moga), who had done the recce of the dera on November 7. Acting on their information, Lakhwinder Singh alias Lakha of Naathewala village of Moga, a notorious gangster, and his one associate, Amrik Singh alias Sheru of Jaimal Singh Wala of Moga, attacked 55-year-old Baba Dayal Das, killing him in the dera on the same day.

Manjeet Singh Dhesi, SSP, Faridkot, said two suspects, who had done recce had been arrested while the killers were still absconding. He said a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was after them.

Situated at Kot Sukhia village of Faridkot, the dera has 12 branches in various parts of Punjab and Haridwar in Uttarakhand. With over 500 acres of agriculture land and thousands of cows, the dera has an impressive following in the area.

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