In a major development in a five-year-old theft of the Sikh holy scriptures in Punjab, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Monday made controversial Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is serving a 20-year jail sentence for raping two of his disciples, an accused in the case.He was named as a conspirator in the crime, a senior police official told IANS.The case was registered at the Bajakhana police station in Faridkot.Among the arrested accused, five were sent to judicial custody by a Faridkot court on Monday.
In 2015, two people were killed in police firing and several others injured in violent clashes during protests against incidents of sacrilege of the holy book at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura towns.The SIT, led by Deputy Inspector General, Jalandhar Range, Ranbir Singh Khatra, had on Saturday arrested seven Dera Sacha Sauda followers from Faridkot district for stealing a ”bir” of the Guru Granth Sahib from Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village in June 2015.
The Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government was in power (2007-2017) during that time.The protests after the incidents of sacrilege brought Punjab to a standstill in October 2015 with radical Sikhs and others blocking highways and roads for days together. Ram Rahim (52) is currently lodged at the high-security Sunaria jail in Haryana”s Rohtak after a court in August 2017 sentenced to 20 years in jail.
His conviction on August 25, 2017 had led to violence in Panchkula and Sirsa, leaving 41 people dead and over 260 injured.Ram rahim te lage ne dosh hun fer kehre dekho te eh video dekh ke apne apne vichar deo.A special CBI court in Panchkula in January 2019 subsequently sentenced him and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of a journalist over 16 years ago.