Tarn Taran (Punjab): The family of Lakhbir Singh, a Dalit farm labourer brutally killed by members of a Sikh sect for alleged sacrilege, Saturday demanded a high-level probe into his murder and said he was a god-fearing man who would never think of desecrating a holy book.

Meanwhile, a second arrest was made on Saturday in the case. Police said Narain Singh, belonging to the Sikhs’ Nihang order, was arrested by Amritsar Rural Police at Amarkot village near Jandiala Guru in Amritsar district.

One Sarabjit Singh from Vitwha in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district has already been arrested in the case. Earlier in the day, a court in Sonipat remanded Sarabjit Singh, who was arrested on Friday, in police custody for seven days.

Sarabjit Singh, wearing the blue robes of the Sikhs’ Nihang order, had claimed that he had “punished” the victim for “desecrating” a Sikh holy book.

Lakhbir’s wife Jaspreet Kaur and three daughters – aged 12, 11 and eight – live in a small temporary house made of mud and bricks in Cheema Kalan village, around 50 kms from the holy city of Amritsar. His son passed away two years ago.

The family was barely managing two square meals a day when Lakhbir was alive and would work in the village fields or in the grain market of Tarn Taran district for his livelihood.

“Who will come forward to look after his family now and what about the future of his children..who will help them,” laments his sister Raj Kaur.

The body of Lakhbir Singh, 35, was found tied to an overturned police barricade at the Singhu Border site where farmers are protesting against the three central farm laws. His left hand was chopped off and his body had over 10 wounds caused by sharp-edged weapons.

His wife and sister said Lakhbir “had a deep respect for the holy Guru Granth Sahib” .

“He was a god-fearing man who could not never think of desecrating a holy book… Whenever he used to go to a gurdwara, he would pray for the well-being of his family and the society,” said Jaspreet Kaur.

He had no criminal record and there was no report of him being a bad character, the victim’s family said and demanded a high-level probe into the entire episode to bring out the truth.

The family claimed that Lakhbir had no affiliation with any political outfit.

His sister Raj Kaur said, “My brother had Rs. 50 when he left home and that money was not enough to reach Singhu border but he might have reached there while taking a lift from some tractor trolley or truck.”

She said before he was killed, her brother was living with these same men for three days.

Asked why Lakhbir had gone to the Singhu border, she said someone may have offered him more money (for labour).

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