CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Police has not been able to solve a single high profile terror case in the recent past and has been groping in the dark--be it the incidents in which prominent Hindu leaders were shot dead, the Maur Mandi blast or the latest incident in which the two Dera Sacha Sauda followers were killed.
Amit Sharma, chief of Hindu Takht was shot in the busy area on Jagraon Bridge in Ludhiana on January 14, 2017 by two motorcycle riders. Meanwhile, three persons were killed and several others injured in a powerful bomb blast at the rally of Congress candidate Harminder Singh Jassi at Maur in Bathinda district on the late evening on January 31 this year.
Earlier on August 6 last year, Brig Jagdish Gagneja (retd), second-in-command of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Punjab unit was shot in a busy Jalandhar market late in the evening. He succumbed to his injuries in the hospital after about a month. The attackers escaped on a motorcycle. While Punjab Shiv Sena president Durga Gupta was gunned down in Ludhiana on April 24, last year by two motorcycle riders in broad day light.
On February 25, 65-year-old Satpal Kumar and his 35-year-old son Ramesh Kuma—both followers of Dera Sacha Sauda, were gunned down by motorcycle-borne assailants in Jagera village near Khanna. Failing to crack the double murder case police recently announced a cash reward of Rs 50 lakh and a sub-inspector’s job to anyone who provides information about the killers.
The Gagneja case was transferred to CBI, while for probe in to other cases Special Investigation Teams (SIT) were formed.
According to sources, the alleged accused in all these cases have not used the mobile phones in a bid to avoid being tracked by the police.
Meanwhile, the police has been able to crack down the assailants of Balwinder Kaur, who was on bail in a case of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib. He was killed near Gurdwara Alamgir in Ludhiana on July 27, last year and the assailants, after their arrests, had claimed that they were proud of their action.