Police on Wednesday denied the involvement of Khalistani supporters in the murder of Manish alias Bunty Sood, the leader of Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti, who was shot by his own bodyguard in Sirhind late on Monday.
On Tuesday, various Hindu organisations, including Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal, raised anti-Khalistan slogans in the markets of Sirhind and forced shops to close down. They alleged that the bodyguard Somnath was “supported and paid” by Khalistan. As the protest built up, some Sikh groups raised pro-Khalistan slogans.
Police have said that Sood was drinking along with Somnath when an argument escalated into shooting. “The Khalistan theory is rubbish. The accused has confessed that it was the result of aggression from both sides. Both Sood and Somnath had entered into an argument that led to the incident,” said Karan Sher Singh, DSP (D), Fatehgarh Sahib to The Indian Express.
Known for his provocative statements and protests against Khalistan, Sood was in spotlight when he along with his accomplices attacked Babbar Khalsa militant Jagtar Singh Hawara outside the Chandigarh court complex in 2011. Sood’s family and Hindu organisations allege that despite Sood getting threat calls, police did not take any action.
National president Hindu Suraksha Samiti Jagat Guru Pancha Nand alleged that Sood was on the hit list of Khalistan and was getting regular threats.
Somnath was on Wednesday sent to five-day of police remand by the court on Wednesday. SHO moved Fatehgarh Sahib SHO Ajaypal Singh was transferred to Police Lines late Tuesday. The move comes after the deceased Bunty Sood’s family complained to IG Lok Nath Angra that Ajaypal was under the influence of alcohol and did not act when Sood called him up almost an hour before the incident.
However, sources said, Ajaypal has told the IG that Sood had called him to invite him over for a drink and not to inform him about any threat. The area falls under the jurisdiction of Sirhind police station and not Fatehgarh. Sources also said that Ajaypal had a few days ago asked Sood asked him to change his bodyguards, to which Ajaypal had replied that he should approach high-ups. Following this, Sood also met ADGP security in Chandigarh, it is learnt.
The IG has formed an Special Investigation Team(SIT) to probe into the shooting. The SIT us headed by SSP Fatehgarh Sahib and comprises Karan Sher Singh DSP(D), Jagjit Singh Jallah, DSP Fatehgarh Sahib, Inspector Raj Kumar and Inspector Kanwaljit Singh (SHO Sirhind).