Four persons were Wednesday arrested in connection with the assassination bid on Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale. Police identified the arrested persons as Hardev Singh, Gagandeep Singh Harnoor, Jaspreet Singh, and Manjeet Singh. One Hardeep Singh is also being interrogated by the police.
Sources, meanwhile, said that the attack was a fallout of a ‘Facebook war’ between the preacher and Harnam Singh Dhuma, head of the Sant Samaj Damdami Taksal (Mehta), which was previously headed by Khalistani Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. The arrested persons, it is learnt, are supporters of Dhuma who wanted to “take revenge” on Dhadrianwale, who had called him a “Sarkaari sant”.
DCP Dhruman Nimbale said, “The four accused have accepted that they planned the attack with a motive to assassinate Dhadrianwale. They have given leads about other suspects. As per the victim’s statement, there were at least thirty accused. The remaining will be arrested soon.”
Attending the cremation of Bhupinder Singh, who was killed in the attack, Dhadrianwale said that if police fails to arrest all suspects by Thursday, his supporters would launch an agitation. Contacted for comments, the sewak of Dhuma said, “Baba ji is not in a condition to talk. He is taking rest.”