Chandigarh: Punjab’s State Special Operation Cell (SSOC) has established the entire backwards chain from the 14-year-old minor who fired the bullet at the Dera Premi follower Pradeep Kataria in Kotkapura, Faridkot to the masterminds Goldy Brar and Lawrence Bishnoi.
Dera Premi Pradeep Kataria, accused of desecrating Guru Granth Sahib in June 2015 was killed on the morning of November 10 by six shooters when he was on his way to his dairy shop in Kotkapura, Faridkot.
The identities of those involved in-between the kingpins and shooters have been traced. The minor Manpreet Mani who was one of the six shooters received Rs. 20,000 from a student of Panjab University (PU) named Harshveer Singh Bajwa. Bajwa belongs to Bhawanigarh in Sangrur. Interestingly, Bajwa who has now been arrested was a student of MA in Gandhian and Peace Studies Department at Panjab University.
Perry befriended Bajwa at PU and told him to transfer Rs 20,000 into the bank account of Manpreet Mani. On the day the money was transferred into the accused Mani’s account, Perry called Harshveer to his house and handed him a slip in which the name of the account holder, the account number and the amount to be transferred were written. Then he handed him Rs 20,000. Harshveer transferred Rs 20,000 to Mani’s account and tore the piece of paper which carried the details.
Bajwa had taken up accommodation in Sector 37. Sources say the police are likely to interrogate more students from Panjab University in the days to come.
Interestingly, Perry happens to be the son of a retired Chandigarh Police official and currently, Perry’s brother is a constable in Punjab Police.
Notably, apart from nominating Perry and Bajwa, the SSOC has also named seven NRIs for illegally supplying arms to Punjab and spreading communal disharmony in the state.
These seven ultras who were part of the long chain between those executing various criminal activities in the state including terror groups and gangsters, and their handlers are sitting in Canada, Pakistan, Dubai, Malaysia, Italy, the Philippines, and the US. According to the sources, a total of 19 cases have been nominated in the same FIR.