Holy Books Desecration Case: Accused Brother Duo Released

03/11/2015 11:41 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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CHANDIGARH, INDIA - OCTOBER 21: Police using the water cannon to spot Simarjit Singh Bains, Independent candidate from Atam Nagar constituency, along with his supporters during the protest against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal outside their residence, on October 21, 2015 in Chandigarh, India. Bains said that the state government is responsible for the incident of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib as it fails to arrest the culprits and moreover the two Sikhs were killed in police firing following the orders of the government. (Photo by Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

FRIDKOT -- Huge crowd flocked outside the Fridkot jail to welcome the brother duo - Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh, accused in the Guru Granth Sahib desecration cases - after they were released by the District Courts on Monday after the Punjab Police submitted that they no more wanted their judicial custody.

After failing to secure permission to get lie detector tests done on the duo, police submitted before the court that they no more need the brothers. However, police maintained that the names of the accused would remain in the First Information Report (FIR) till the investigation of the case was over.

Confirming the development, Harcharn Bains, advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, told ANI: "After police said that they no more required the accused for interrogation, they released them."

Bains, however, said, "The Central Bureau of Investigation will take the inquiry forward after the case was handed over to it."

The Punjab government had on Sunday cleared the deck for a CBI probe in all three cases concerning desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib.

Experts, however, opine the Punjab Government had taken the decision under pressure of Sikh protesters to ease the prevailing tension.

"It's not a question of accepting demands, but following the law. We are abided by laws. We have suspended senior superintendent of police, shifted the DGP, and registered cases against erring police personnel. The family of the accused also demanded handing over the case to the CBI," said Bains.

No agitation should take place in this regards on any ground, he hoped.

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