The Ludhiana police on Wednesday arrested six more persons in connection with the attack on the Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale last week. Among them, three are from Mehta in Amritsar, which is the headquarters of the Damdami Taksal dera of Harnam Singh Dhuma.
One person was killed in the attack last week. Dhuma had, on Monday, said that Dhadrianwale was himself responsible for the attack for due to the alleged defamatory states made against Taksal and its chief.
In the latest development, the police also impounded a black colored Mahindra Scorpio with registration number DL3CAS1928 owned by one Deepak.
Ludhiana police commissioner JS Aulakh said that police received a tip-off that the six suspects were traveling to Anandpur Sahib via Jalandhar from Baba Bakala in Amritsar. The accused also tried to cross Dhilwa toll plaza through VIP lane, he added.
“All six have confessed to their involvement in the Dhadrianwale attack,” he said.
Among those arrested on Wednesday include Gurwinder Singh alias Goldy and Amarjit Singh, both hail from Uttar Pradesh but were currently put up in Mehta, Gurpreet Singh from Faridkot who was also putting up at a gurdwara in Mehta, and Gurmeet Singh, Gurnam Singh and Pritam Singh from Ferozepur.
‘Never said accused not from Taksal’
Speaking to The Indian Express, Ludhiana police commissioner Aulakh said that the police never said that accused were not from Taksal or that they had links with Dhuma. “This can be established only after the probe,” he said. “We are not hiding any fact. Certainly, the four arrested till now are from Taksal which shows that dera angle is there. Soon, we will come out with all the facts once investigation is complete.”
A team of experts from Central Forensic Science Lab, Chandigarh visited Ludhiana Wednesday and inspected site and impounded vehicles. “They have studied bullet marks, vehicles and CCTV footage we had. Forensic probe has begun,” Aulakh said.
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