Maur blast: SIT finally has 4 key witnesses, and ‘dera link’

Police on Thursday claimed to have four witnesses who “knew the men” who carried out the twin blasts near a rally venue of Congress candidate Harminder Jassi in Maur town ahead of last year’s assembly elections. The four (identity withheld by cops) worked as painters at a workshop inside the Dera Sacha Sauda complex in Sirsa, 75km from Maur, where some men got a Maruti 800 car — used in the blast that killed seven persons — painted over from red to white, shared top police officials not willing to be named.

The “first breakthrough” by the special investigation team (SIT) lends a new angle to the probe: the possibility of the crime being a handiwork of a faction within the dera, whose chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim (since-jailed in a rape case) is related to Jassi, who had a narrow escape in the blasts.



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