Three days after gunning down 47-year-old Balwinder Kaur, who is accused of desecrating Sri Guru Granth Sahib in October last, two accused- Gupreet Singh Jagowal of Sangrur and Nihal Singh of Patiala- surrendered at a local court on Friday.
They were sent to police remand till August 3. Coming out of the court, Gurpreet said, “We have no regrets over what we did. We wanted to take revenge for the disrespect done to our Gurus. We have also come to know that some people are collecting money in our names. We request NRIs and others not to give them any money.”
Speaking to The Indian Express, Ludhiana police commissioner JS Aulakh said, “We identified the accused within hours of incident through CCTV footage and raids were ongoing. It was only because of the pressure exerted by the police that both surrendered today. Now, we will question them to bring out the facts.”
A local leader of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Jagowal is resident of Amargarh in Sangrur. He is also a member of the Muslim-Sikh Front of Punjab and also runs his own “preachers’ group” and a “gatka akhara”. According to the akhara’s Facebook page, youths enrolled there are taught the Sikh martial arts gatka as well as “how to fire rifles and pistols”. The akhara’s Facebook page has several photos of youths holding weapons.
A supporter of the Khalistan movement and slain Khalistani leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, his akhara also offers “lessons” on the movement, police sources said.