CHANDIGARH: Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Punjab police on Monday reached Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters to question key dera functionaries Vipassana Insan and Dr PR Nain, only to find them missing.
The SIT is investigating the 2015 Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village sacrilege case. On Friday, the SIT chief and Ludhiana Inspector General of Police (IGP) SPS Parmar had said that the team would be visiting the camp to question the two accused after they skipped their third summon in connection with the case.
But when the team reached Sirsa after completing the formalities with help of local Sirsa police, the accused were nowhere to be found. While Vipassana Insan is the administration chairperson, Dr PR Nain is the vice-chairperson of the dera.
SIT head inspector general of police (IGP) Surinder Pal Singh Parmar along with other members Batala senior superintendent of police (SSP) Mukhwinder Singh, DSP Lakhbir Singh and inspector Dalbir Singh collected some important papers, including papers related to the working of the sect, from the administration wing of the dera.
The team comprised about 15 personnel, including 10-odd men of the local police led by Sirsa SP, Arpit Jain. It is for the first time that the team visited the Dera Sacha Sauda premises. The team also visited the purported residences of three absconding members of the sect’s national committee, Sandeep Bareta, Pardeep Kler and Harsh Dhuri on the premises.
“Though we did not find PR Nain and Vipassana Insan at the premises, the Dera management has assured us that they will produce the two in the coming three to four days. If they fail to appear again, we will take action accordingly,” shared the SIT chief.