2 people detained for the murder of a faithful in the premises of the Golden Temple : The Tribune India

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Tribune press service

Amritsar, March 14

Hours after a worshiper died after consuming ‘parsad’ allegedly offered by two men at the Golden Temple premises, police today arrested the suspects in connection with the case.

They were identified as Bittu from Batala and Gurdas Singh from Quadian in Gurdaspur. Police say they were members of a gang that targeted people in religious places, including in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.

Five-member gang

  • Payara Singh of Gurdaspur died after consuming a ‘laddu’ offered by Bittu and Gurdas Singh who allegedly took away her phone and a ring
  • Preliminary investigation suggested the five-member gang was active in different religious venues
  • Police say the other three gang members belong to Ludhiana and raids are underway to nab them

Payara Singh, a resident of Kalanaur, Gurdaspur, had died at the Golden Temple complex after consuming a ‘laddu’ containing a poisonous substance.

He and his wife Surjit Kaur had come to pay their respects to Darbar Sahib on Friday evening. She said that after paying their respects, they sat in ‘parikarma’ when two people befriended them. They identified themselves as Bittu and Gurdas Singh from Batala.

Both offered them a ‘laddu’ like ‘parsad’. While consuming it, her husband went to the toilet where his condition deteriorated. The two reportedly followed him and took his phone and a ring.

Harjit Singh Dhaliwal, additional deputy police commissioner, said after analyzing CCTV footage from the compound, police focused on the two. The police recovered the ring, the mobile phone, the “laddus” as well as a powder, suspected to be poison, on their possession.

A preliminary investigation suggested that the five-member gang was active in different religious places. He said the other three belonged to Ludhiana and raids were underway to catch them. He said their only motive was to rob Payara.

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