PUNJAB;Dera Sacha Sauda said it would not allow sect follower Mohinder Pal Bittu to be cremated until all sacrilege cases against the sect’s followers were dropped.
The sect’s 45-member executive committee also said it wanted the “real culprits” behind Bittu’s killing on Saturday to be put behind bars. The committee claims the murder wasn’t as sudden as police claim it was, but a carefully planned act that likely had some “big people” behind it.
“Until the name of these bigwigs is not disclosed, there would be no cremation of Bittu,” the Dera said.
The development comes as followers of the sect gathered at Kotkapura, where Bittu’s body was put in a coffin.
Police claim Bittu, who was booked in sacrilege cases of 2015 and was arrested last year, was killed by two inmates at the Nabha jail. The inmates, Maninder Singh and Gursewak Singh, both serving life terms for murder, attacked him with iron rods, killing him almost instantly.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday ordered an inquiry into the fatal assault on the main accused in the “Bargari sacrilege” incident at the New Nabha prison, warning of stringent punishment for the assailants.
An initial probe revealed that accused Mahinderpal Bittu, 49, died after he was attacked by two inmates. He was rushed to a hospital at Nabha, where he was declared brought dead, said an official spokesperson.
ADGP Prisons Rohit Chaudhary will head the fact-finding committee, which has been asked to submit the report within three days.