All three accused – Narayan Singh, Bhagwant Singh, and Govind Preet Singh – within the Singhu border incident have been despatched to 6-day Police custody. They have been produced earlier than Sonipat Court docket on Sunday.
The mortal stays of Lakhbir Singh have been cremated at his native village in Punjab’s Tarn Taran amid tight safety within the presence of his members of the family. No Sikh priest was current to carry out Ardas (Sikh non secular prayer) and nobody from his village, Cheema Kalan, attended the final rites.
The primary accused Sarabjit Singh, arrested on Friday for the brutal killing of Lakhbir Singh, was produced earlier than a Sonipat court docket in Haryana and remanded in police custody for seven days.
Hours later, Narain Singh, who can be a Nihang, was arrested by the Amritsar Rural police at Amarkot village in Amritsar district, police mentioned.
Late Saturday night, two extra belonging to the Nihang order, who hailed from Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib, “surrendered” earlier than the Sonipat police in Kundli in reference to the grotesque killing. They interacted with the media on the Singhu border earlier than “surrendering”.
Sources mentioned that police will query them in reference to the case earlier than making a proper arrest which is predicted later within the evening. After this, the variety of these arrested within the case will go as much as 4.
In Amritsar, Narain Singh claimed he had knowledgeable the police that he was surrendering. Speaking to the media earlier than his arrest, he was unrepentant and mentioned that Lakhbir Singh had been “punished for sacrilege”.
He mentioned that the accused within the Bargari sacrilege incident in Punjab have been but to be arrested, however now if someone will commit “such a heinous crime he could be punished on the spot”.
Narain Singh was given a gown of honour and a garland of foreign money notes by some folks when he paid obeisance within the Amarkot Gurdwara earlier than his arrest.
In accordance with police, Sarabjit Singh claimed the involvement of some extra folks within the killing, which has sparked outrage and triggered requires motion to clear the protest websites on Delhi’s borders the place farmers have been tenting since final November to press for the scrapping of the Centre’s three agri legal guidelines.
Singhu Border case: The background
The physique of Lakhbir Singh was discovered on Friday tied to a barricade on the Singhu border with a hand chopped off and a number of wounds attributable to sharp-edged weapons. Hours after the crime, Sarabjit Sigh, carrying the blue robes of the Nihang order, claimed that he had “punished” the sufferer for “desecrating” a Sikh holy ebook.
Questioning his declare, the sufferer’s spouse Jaspreet Kaur and sister Raj Kaur mentioned Lakhbir Singh “had a deep respect for the holy Guru Granth Sahib”.
“He was a god-fearing man who couldn’t by no means consider desecrating a holy ebook… Each time he used to go to a Gurdwara, he would pray for the well-being of his household and the society,” mentioned Jaspreet Kaur.
He had no felony document and there was no report of him being a nasty character, the sufferer’s household mentioned and demanded a high-level probe into your complete episode to carry out the reality.
Sonipat’s Deputy Superintendent of Police Virender Singh mentioned the whole variety of accused within the killing may very well be greater than 5.
In the meantime, farmer union leaders asserted on Saturday that the incident can have no impression on the agitation and mentioned they may improve safety by putting in CCTV cameras and growing the variety of volunteers on the protest websites.