Dera chief questioned by Punjab police in Haryana

February 8th, 2009 - 11:39 am ICT by IANS  

Sirsa (Haryana), Feb 7 (IANS) Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh was Saturday questioned by the Punjab police in this Haryana town in a case of hurting religious sentiments of the Sikhs by dressing up as the 10th Guru Gobind Singh.
The Dera chief was questioned by Punjab police officials at the police lines complex here amid tight security. Hundreds of his followers had gathered near the venue of his questioning and scores of police personnel were stationed to control the crowd.

A team of police officials from Bathinda town, led by a deputy superintendent of police, arrived here, 300 km from Chandigarh, to question the controversial Dera chief. The case against the Dera chief is registered at Bathinda.

The Punjab police team refused to say anything about Saturday’s questioning. Sect sources said there were several questions regarding the controversial dress worn by the sect chief.

The Dera chief has been questioned over a dozen times by the Punjab police in this connection so far.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had last year directed the sect chief to cooperate with the Punjab police in the investigations of the case against him.

Punjab and several other places across India were on the boil for several days in May 2007 after Sikhs protested against the act by the sect chief in attiring himself like the 10th Sikh guru.

Even though he issued a limited apology later, it was rejected by the Sikh leaders.

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