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Bargari sacrilege case: Dera follower Bittu’s body cremated two days after murder in jail

Bittu was killed Saturday evening by inmates Maninder Singh and Gursewak Singh. Dera and the victim’s family agreed to cremate the dead body after several rounds of meetings with the district administration.

Written by Kamaldeep Singh Brar | Amritsar |
Updated: June 25, 2019 8:20:02 am
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Dera Sacha Sauda follower and accused in 2015 sacrilege case, Mohinder Pal Bittu, was cremated at Kotkapura Monday evening, two days after he was murdered inside Punjab’s Nabha jail.

Bittu was killed Saturday evening by inmates Maninder Singh and Gursewak Singh. Dera and the victim’s family agreed to cremate the dead body after several rounds of meetings with the district administration.

Initially, they had refused to perform the last rites till cancellation of sacrilege cases filed against Bittu and other Dera followers.

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On Monday, Dera representatives said most of their demands had been met.

“A high-level committee will be formed to probe the murder of Bittu which would be headed by ADGP and there will be three IG-level officials in the committee. Judicial probe will also be conducted and report will be sent to human rights commission,” said Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot, Kumar Saurabh Raj.

The DC added, “It has also been demanded that the family should be provided security. We have taken steps for that and security will be provided within two days. We have sent a memorandum with rest of the demands to the Punjab government and necessary action will be taken on it….we have also requested the government to resume hearings of the cases related to sacrilege in fast-track courts, so that these are decided soon,” said the DC.

“We have demanded formation of a Special Investigation Team to probe the murder of Bittu and putting cases of sacrilege on fast-track, so that all the accused can be released as soon as possible,” said Harcharan Singh, member of the key Dera committee.

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He said, “At the same time, we have demanded security for the accused who have come out of jail on bail and are facing threat to their lives. District administration has assured that proper security will be provided to such accused.”

Surinder Manchanda, brother of Bittu, said: “We have not made any big demand. Our motive was just to create some pressure on the government.”

Earlier, as negotiations went on for several rounds between the administration, Bittu’s family and the Dera, recordings of sermons by Dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim were played to keep the followers engaged. Harcharn Singh maintained that no member from family of Dera head attended the cremation of Bittu, adding that no one from among the family had spoken to Bittu’s kin to offer their condolences either. “There was never any such tradition,” said Harcharn Singh.

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