Ludhiana: Punjab Police on Saturday announced a cash reward of Rs 50 lakh and a sub inspector’s job to anyone who provides information about the killers of a father-son duo who were followers of Dera Saccha Sauda.
“We have announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh and a post of SI for information about the assailants. The identity of anyone who provides information will be kept secret,” DIG (Ludhiana Range) S K Kalia said.
Kalia, who is heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to crack the case, said the police need support from the public in identifying the assailants.
Two unidentified bike-borne gunmen had killed Satpal (65) and his son Ramesh Kumar (35) when they were working at the Dera’s canteen around 7 PM on February 25 at Jagera village, about 55 km from Ludhiana.
Both were shot in the head with a .32 bore weapon from a point blank range. “We have formed 16 teams which are working on this case,” Kalia said. Police are yet to identify the assailants, who even though visible in CCTV footage, were wearing caps and had their faces covered.
Angered at the killings, a large number of Dera followers had blocked the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road and refused to cremate the bodies demanding that the killers be arrested.
The Dera supporters agreed to cremate bodies and lifted the road blockade only after the intervention of Punjab Police Director General of Police (Law & Order) Hardeep Dhillon.
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