Three days after the gruesome murders of five youth in a Moga village, police on Saturday said the self-styled preacher — who went by the name of Harinder Pal Singh Sodhi and who allegedly killed them before taking his own life — was in fact Bikar Singh of Sekha village in Malaud tehsil of Ludhiana district.
Moga SSP Jatinder Singh Khera said Bikar Singh was a labourer before he left his house 22 years ago and as per his family, never contacted them again. They said they were shocked to hear that he had allegedly killed five people before killing himself.
His wife Mukhtair Kaur, two sons and the Sekha village panchayat landed up in Moga on Saturday. Kaur identified the dead body and the other members confirmed that it was that of Bikar Singh.
The self-styled preacher’s wife was accompanied by Sekha village sarpanch Kamaldeep Singh, nambardar Gurdas Singh and panchayat member Jagjit Singh among others.
While residents of Kotla Mehar Singh Wala, where the incident occurred, claimed that four people from their had brought Bikar Singh to the village and introduced him as Harinder Pal Singh Sodhi, police have not confirm involvement of any villager in their investigation.
Moga SSP Khera, meanwhile, said the weapon used in the killings belonged to Bikar Singh and that Baldev Singh and Gurpreet Singh, brothers of victims Sandeep Kaur and Rajpal Kaur, had allegedly seen it with the preacher. The SSP added that Bikar’s body will be handed over to his family on Sunday.
“We will investigate if Bikar Singh was meeting his family or not and whether he used to stay in a Jalandhar Gurdwara often. We will find out details of that Gurdwara as well. Our investigations are on.”