Putting an end to the almost week-long tension in Faridkot, Dera Sirsa Chele agreed to cremate dera premi Gurdev Singh, who was shot at on Monday, after announcement that Gurdev’s wife would be made a constable in Punjab Police.
The cremation will take place in Gurdev’s native village, Burj Jawahar Singh Wala, around 2 pm.
The civil and police administration had remained on toes throughout Saturday in Kotkapura as dera followers had refused to cremate Gurdev’s body, which has been kept at the naam charcha ghar here.
Thirty-five-year-old Gurdev, who was shot at in Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village on Monday, succumbed to his injuries at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in Ludhiana on Friday.
The dera followers had said they won’t cremate the body until the accused were arrested.
A large posse of police was deployed in Kotkapura as there were apprehensions that the dera chele might block the Faridkot-Kotkapura road and stage a dharna at the Lal Batti Chowk.
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