Wanted in sacrilege case, dera man held from Delhi airport

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, November 8

A follower of Dera Sacha Sauda has been arrested in connection with a 2015 incident of sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib at Gurusar village near Bhagta Bhaika in the district. The accused has been identified as Jatinderbir Arora alias Jimmy.

He has been arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Punjab Police from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, last night.

It is learnt that the accused was returning back from his honeymoon in Malaysia and was accompanied by his wife. He was arrested at the airport.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and SIT member Ranbir Singh Khatra said a Rampura Phul court had granted five-day police remand of the accused.

On June 2, 2015, an FIR was registered at Baja Khana police station after a “bir” of Guru Granth Sahib was stolen from a gurdwara at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala. On October 12, torn pages of the “bir” were found in Bargari. During the protests that followed, two Sikh men died in police firing at Behbal Kalan village on October 14.

Later on October 20, around 157 pages of Guru Granth Sahib were found scattered at different places in the village and as per the police, these pages were of the same “bir” that was stolen from gurdwara in Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village in Faridkot.

The accused is a prominent member of Dera Sacha Sauda in Punjab. The police had earlier issued a lookout notice against him.