DABWALI INCIDENT: 3 SIKHS HELD
Hisar August 13:
Investigating into the clash between Dera Sacha Sauda followers and Sikhs at Dabwali, the police arrested three Sikhs for murderous assault, burning of properties and house trespass, while around 50 others were rounded up while they were marching towards a Dera site that was set on fire on July 18.
The three accused - Balkaran Singh, Sukhmandar Singh and Amarjit Singh - were later produced before sub-divisional judicial magistrate at Dabwali where the court sent them in judicial custody. The police had registered criminal cases under sections 307, 435, 427 and 452 of IPC against a crowd for attacking the houses and shops of Dera followers after a Sikh, Harminder Singh, was killed in an altercation over 'naam charcha' at Dabwali on July 18, 2008.
Though the police had not named any persons in the FIR, it is believed they identified the accused through video images of the incident. Meanwhile, the repair work at Ghunkawali Dera run by Dera Sacha Sauda, which was set on fire, also started under tight security arrangements, but it again invited protests from Sikhs.
Policemen were deployed in large numbers around Ghunkawali village to avoid any confrontation as a large number of Sikhs tried to march towards the dera to stop them from carrying out repair work. Armed with swords, protesters continued their march towards Ghunkawali, following which the police rounded up about 50 Sikhs and took them to Fatehabad police lines. They will be produced in the court on Wednesday.