The SIT team of Punjab Police on Monday questioned Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for over seven hours in connection with the 2015 sacrilege case. During interrogation at Sunaria Jail in Rohtak, Haryana, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Punjab Police led by Inspector General of Police SPS Parmar asked more than 100 questions to the jailed block chief. Parmar said that the interrogation started at 10:30 in the morning and went on till 6 in the evening. He said that the SIT would now submit a report in this regard in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on November 12. Dera chief has been questioned for the first time in the sacrilege case.
Officials said Parmar and three other members of the SIT, Senior Superintendent of Police MS Bhullar, Deputy Superintendent of Police Lakhvir Singh and Inspector Dalbir Singh left for Sunaria Jail in Rohtak from Rajpura on Monday morning. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is currently lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria Jail. Last month, the Punjab and Haryana High Court told the Punjab Police that it may interrogate the Dera sect chief in jail in the 2015 sacrilege case.
Ram Rahim’s lawyer was also present during the interrogation. Media persons were kept away from the entire incident. Although some media persons had reached the jail premises, they were thrown out by the jail police. Other visitors to the jail were stopped due to the convoy of Punjab Police. Jail police did not allow any visitor to meet the concerned prisoner and prisoner. Faridkot Jail had issued instructions to bring Ram Rahim on production warrant. He was asked to appear on October 29. But on October 28, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had put a stay on this and directed to be interrogated in the jail itself.
This is a case of dishonesty
The case dates back to July 1, 2015, when the holy form of Guru Granth Sahib was stolen from the Gurdwara of Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village, located 5 km from Bargadi in Faridkot district. On 24 September 2015, two hand-written posters were found near the Gurudwara in Bargadi. Ram Rahim was named in this case. It is alleged that abusive language was used in these posters written in Punjabi language and Dera Sacha Sauda’s hand was also written in the theft of holy forms. On 12 October 2015, parts of the holy form were found scattered in the streets of Burj Jawahar Singh Wala. After this there was an incident of firing on Sikh Sangat, in which 2 people died.