Three people allegedly involved in the lynching of a labourer at a farmers’ protest site near Singhu border have been sent to six days in police custody with the Haryana Police setting up two Special Investigation Teams to probe the incident.
Narain Singh, an influential member of the Sikhs' Nihang sect, was arrested on Saturday from near Amritsar, while two more Nihangs —Govindpreet Singh and Bhagwant Singh — who had "surrendered" before the Sonipat Police in connection with the lynching. The three were produced before a court in Sonipat.
The police sought remand of the accused on the ground that they have to reconstruct the scene of the crime, recover clothes that the accused wore at the time of the incident, besides interrogating them in-depth about the entire incident.
One of the SITs headed by IPS officer Mayank Gupta, who is Assistant Superintendent of Police, Kharkhoda, Sonipat, will investigate the videos of the incident which were circulating on various social media platforms, while the other led by Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sonipat, Virender Singh will carry out the overall probe into the incident.
The victim's family had earlier questioned the attackers' claim that he committed sacrilege and demanded a high-level probe.
The mortal remains of Lakhbir Singh were cremated at his native village in Punjab's Tarn Taran amid tight security in the presence of his family members on Saturday evening.
(With PTI inputs)