Day after, 15 Sikh religious leaders booked for arson

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Old 16-Oct-2015
Post Day after, 15 Sikh religious leaders booked for arson

A day after bloody clashes between the police and Sikh protesters in Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan village, which claimed two lives, the Faridkot police have registered two criminal cases against 15 Sikh religious leaders and many unidentified persons today. Over 50 persons, including several policemen, were seriously injured in the clash.
Both these cases have been registered on the complaints of Station House Officers (SHOs) of the Kotkapura and Bajakhana police stations.
Slapping charges of attempt to murder, arson, assault on police forces, theft, inflicting grievous injuries on police officials, using explosive substances and obstructing public ways against the protesters, the police have registered two separate FIRs under Sections 307, 353, 332, 333, 323, 382, 435, 283, 120-B and 148-149 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act and Damage to Public Property Act.
Booking 15 Sikh religious leaders, including Panthpreet Singh, Amrik Singh Ajnala, Rajinder Singh Majhi, Sarabjit Singh Dhuna, Giani Kewal Singh, Ranjit Singh Dhadrian Wale, Satnam Singh Chandar, Avtar Singh Sadhawala, Daler Singh Kheri, Bhai Inder Singh Mansa, Sukhjit Singh Khosa, Sukhwinder Singh Maujukhera, Harjit Singh Thapali, Gursewak Singh Ramgarh, Gurpreet Singh and many unidentified persons, on the complaint of Kotkapura SHO Gurdeep Singh, the FIR alleged that these leaders incited the religious sentiments of a large number of Sikh protesters and provoked them to attack the police in Kotkapura with fire weapons, stones and damaged police vehicles on Wednesday.
In a similar FIR registered against unidentified persons on the complaint of Bajakhana SHO Amarjit Singh, it has been alleged that around 500 protesters, armed with kirpans, stones and sticks, attacked the police party with the intention of murder on Wednesday.
In this FIR, the Bajakhana SHO claimed that the police opened fire in self-defence when the unruly mob started beating up a constable with the intention to kill him on the spot. The SHO alleged in the FIR that the mob burnt two police vehicles and tried to set two buses on fire.

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