Three get 10-year RI for attack on Dera chief

Three people,  including a Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) terrorist Bakhshish Singh alias Baba, were sentenced to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment by a court in Haryana for attempting to kill the controversial chief of the Sirsa- based Dera Sacha Sauda, Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

The sect head, who has “Z” plus security and enjoys a phenomenal following in various northern states, had incurred the wrath of the Sikhs by “imitating” the 10th Sikh Guru of the Sikhs. Bakhshish Singh was wanted in more than 20 terror incidents, including bomb blasts, murders, kidnapping for ransom and possession of high-grade explosives.  He was arrested by the police in Amritsar.

Bakhshish’s two other accomplices—Swaran Singh and Mahinder Singh—were also convicted. Their other four accomplices received five years’ imprisonment each. The court held them all guilty of attacking the motorcade of the Dera chief with a crude explosive device in February 2008 near Karnal in Haryana with a view to eliminating him. A college student from Patiala, Praveen, who was also arrested in connection with the explosion was acquitted.

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