Maur blast probe spills dera sacha sauda serious twist.
Bathinda: The maur blast investigation has taken a surprising turn as the explosive which Panchkula police recovered from a fire brigade during August 25 violence reportedly matches the one that was used in the attack on rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s close kin former minister Harminder Singh Jassi
QUOTE: “If the properties of the two chemicals match, it will be a clear indication that the conspiracy to kill Harminder Singh Jassi was hatched at the dera only,” said a senior police official privy to the investigation process.Maur blast case in which six persons were killed and several hurt has taken a surprising turn as the explosive which Panchkula police recovered from a fire brigade during August 25 violence reportedly matches the one that was used in the attack on rape convict Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s close kin former minister Harminder Singh Jassi.
The Z-plus protectee, Jassi was the Congress candidate from Maur Assembly constituency in the recent Vidhan Sabha polls. In the blast episode that took place on January 31, four days before the polls, the SUV which Jassi was boarding had also been damaged.
Initially the Punjab Police were assisted by the country’s premier investigation agencies, including National Security Guards (NSG) and Intelligence Bureau (IB), with also some Army officials joining the probe, but the mystery still shrouds the deadly incident.Now the recovery of petrol and some “unknown” chemical from the cavity of the fire brigade, which bearing the dera’s green’s brigade name had come along Gurmeet Ram Rahim to Panchkula on the day of his conviction when his followers resorted to arson, has made the investigation authorities to take the investigation to a totally different direction.
“If the properties of the two chemicals match, it will be a clear indication that the conspiracy to kill Harminder Singh Jassi was hatched at the dera only,” said a senior police official privy to the investigation process.The development has rocked the investigation agencies which were groping in the dark for past seven months as they now smell a conspicuous relation between the blast and the dera sacha sauda.
Getting the orders from the top authorities, now Bathinda police chief has dispatched a team led by a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) along with all laboratory reports of the explosive as the forensic science experts have to match the properties and equations of the chemical there.Notably, during the investigations, the forensic experts had found Ammonium Nitrate used in Maur Mandi blast. As the police had recovered a pressure cooker filled with splinters with also some circuit and remote control near the spot, a special team was put on the job to identify the seller and purchaser of that particular cooker but nothing could be proved till date.
It is pertinent to mention that Jassi was once one of the most powerful Congress leaders in the state as his relations with Gurmeet Ram Rahim had worked as a bridge between the party and the dera followers. The dera followers had enmass voted in the favour of the Congress in 2002 and ensured the party’s victory.Later it was learnt the dera followers were upset with Jassi for him not raising their voice after Gurmeet Ram Rahim landed in trouble for allegedly imitating the tenth Sikh master Guru Gobind Singh at his congregation in Salabatpura village of Bathinda. As the Sikhs took objection to Gurmeet’s gesture, it created tension between Sikhs and dera followers which led to bloodshed in different parts of the state.
Further it was also once said that Jassi and Gurmeet were not having cordial relations as Jassi’s daughter and Gurmeet’s son had reached a matrimonial dispute, which could however not be established.
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