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India Namdhari Leader Shot Dead Near Bhaini Sahib


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Namdhari leader shot dead near Bhaini Sahib
Shivani Bhakoo and Gurminder Grewal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana/Bhaini Sahib, April 12
Two unidentified persons today shot dead 57-year-old Avtar Singh Tari, a staunch follower of Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji of Bhaini Sahib (about 25 km from here) on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh highway. Based at Mohali, Avtar Singh, belonging to the Namdhari sect, was a frequent visitor to Bhaini Sahib.

According to available information, Avtar Singh started from Mohali this morning in his Toyota Altis car. On the way he was followed by three persons on a Pulsar bike. Fearing a threat to life, Avtar Singh stopped at an acquaintance's place near Kohara. After staying there for about 15-20 minutes, when he resumed his journey to Bhaini Sahib, the unidenified persons on the motorbike, who were waiting for him, started firing at him from point-blank range.

According to witnesses, the bullets were pumped straight into his chest, head, stomach and thighs and he died on the spot. The body of Avtar Singh was sent to Civil Hospital, Ludhiana for the postmortem.

The police recovered 11 empty cartridges from the spot. The Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh, who was camping at Bhaini Sahib till the filing of this report, said, "The situation is under control and the investigations are on. Forensic experts have taken the empty cartridges to find which weapon was used by the assailants for committing the crime". The case under Sections 302/34/120 B (IPC) and 25/54/59 of the Arms Act has been registered against three unidentified persons at the Sahnewal police station.

One of the sewadars at Bhaini Sahib gurdwara, on the condition of anonymity, said that the deceased is survived by one son and two daughters. "Basically, Avtar Singh belonged to village Amrasaar in Sirsa district and was into the property dealing business. He was a staunch follower of Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji. Though it is too early to say anything but we believe that the murder is the outcome of a personal rivalry. Some sophisticated weapon seems to have been used by the assailants", said the sewadar.



1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Namdhari leader shot near Ludhiana

this version of the story has more updated details

Baba Avtar Singh, 57, a senior Namdhari leader, was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne persons near Katani Kalan village, about 20 km from here, on Tuesday morning. The assailants pumped 11 rounds into the victim’s body with an AK-47 rifle before speeding away from the spot on the busy Ludhiana-Chand

igarh highway.
Sources linked the murder to the ongoing tussle between Namdhari factions over succession of the 209-year-old sect. Namdharis, also known as Kukas, is a sect within Sikhism, headquartered at Bhaini Sahib, 25 km from Ludhiana. Satguru Jagjit Singh, 91, is its reigning spiritual head.

Avtar Singh, a resident of Mohali, was a close associate of Sant Jagtar Singh, Satguru Jagjit Singh’s son-in-law.
Police commissioner Ishwar Singh said a murder case had been registered against Thakur Dalip Singh, Satguru Jagjit Singh’s nephew and resident of Jeevan Nagar, near Sirsa (Haryana), and two unidentified persons at Sahnewal police station.

"The case has been registered on the statement of Avtar Singh’s brother-in-law Balwant Singh. He suspects that Thakur Dalip Singh is behind the killing. We will thoroughly investigate the matter," the commissioner said.

Avtar Singh was driving from Mohali to Bhaini Sahib in a Toyota Corolla on Tuesday. When he neared Katani Kalan around 11 am, he suspected that some persons were following him.

"He stopped for a while at a relative’s shop at Katani Kalan. When he came out of the shop, two persons fired at him. He died on the spot,” Ishwar Singh said.

Police sources said one of the assailants was wearing a white-coloured kurta-pyjama and white headgear (‘parna’), while the other was in green trousers.

It is learnt that Avtar Singh used to visit Bhaini Sahib almost daily. “He used to stay throughout the day and return to Mohali in the evening,” a source at Bhaini Sahib said.

The police commissioner said Avtar Singh had been attacked earlier also, adding that two cases had been registered at Mohali.

Avtar Singh, who was into farming and real estate, is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son.


Gyani Jarnail Singh

Sawa lakh se EK larraoan
Jul 4, 2004
Normal human behaviour....the next "satguru" will be heir to millions and GREED KILLS.

Guru Nanak ji was wise to instruct Guru Angad Ji to leave Kartarpur (and as such Baba sri Chand and family) and go to KHADOOR for further propogation of Sikhi instead of staying back at Kartarpur and engaging in a heir struggle. Guru Angad in turn advised Guru Amardass Ji to go to GOINDWAAL (leaving Khadoor ) and Guru Ramdass Ji went on to develop AMRITSAR....Each New Successor Guru and a Brand New Place....to further develop Sikhi. Guru Har rai ji, Guru harkishan ji all had their own places. Guru teg bahadur Ji went far to Anand Pur and also left Amrtisar to the sodhis. Guru Gobind Singh ji never even visited Darbar sahib Amritsar.



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