New Delhi: The alleged mastermind behind singer and Congress leader Sidhu Moose Wala’s murder, Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar, has now claimed responsibility for the death of Dera Sacha Sauda follower Pradeep Singh, an accused in the Bargari “sacrilege case”.
Singh was gunned down Thursday morning on his way to his shop in Punjab’s Faridkot. Six unidentified assailants opened fire on Singh, killing him and injuring two others, including his bodyguard. The injured have been admitted to the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot.
Speaking to ThePrint, Faridkot Inspector General P.K. Yadav said, “We have vital clues and teams are working on them. The postmortem report of the deceased is awaited.”
Punjab Director General of Police Gaurav Yadav urged people to stay calm. He tweeted: “Punjab Police is doing (a) proper investigation. Request citizens not to panic or spread fake news or any hate speech.”
Yadav said, “the probe is at its initial stage. We are aware of the claims made on social media and are verifying all details”.
In a Facebook post, Brar took responsibility of Bargari sacrilege accused Pradeep Singh’s murder. “For the past seven years, three governments have changed and they have not been able to give justice to the sacrilege incidents,” he purportedly said in his post.
Bargari sacrilege case
The “saroop” or physical copy of the Sikh holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, was allegedly stolen from Gurdwara Burj Jawahar Singh Wala in Kotkapura constituency of Faridkot on 1 June 2015.
Posters — handwritten with derogatory language — were put up on the walls of Bargari and Jawahar Singh Wala villages on 24 September, and torn pages of the holy book were found in Bargari on 12 October. The incidents triggered an uproar.
The Central Bureau of Investigation was asked to probe the incident by the then SAD BJP government. In 2018, then Congress Chief Minister Amarinder Singh handed the case to a Punjab special investigation team which arrested six Dera followers, who later got bail. Singh was among them.
The sacrilege cases refer to several desecration incidents in 2015 of the Sikh holy book and the protests that erupted after.