Punjab DY CM Randhawa Meets SGPC; Says ‘no ID Found On Accused’

In the wake of political outrage over the attempted sacrilege at the Golden Temple, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa met with the SGPC on Sunday.
Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister, met with members of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in Amritsar on Sunday amid political outrage over the attempted sacrilege at the Golden Temple. He told the media that no identification was found on the accused’s person and that he had yet to be identified. On Saturday evening, a young man in his twenties attempted to steal the Guru Granth Sahib from Amritsar’s Golden Temple, but was apprehended by the visitors. Punjab police said he was later lynched to death by enraged devotees.

Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister is investigating a sacrilege case.

Punjab's Deputy Chief Minister is investigating a sacrilege case.
Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister is investigating a sacrilege case.

“The meeting began at 10:00 a.m. The incident that occurred is extremely tragic. A Sevakar sitting inside nabbed him (accused) and dragged him out “Randhawa remarked. He went on to say that he was concerned about the possibility of a conspiracy “A drone was also seized early yesterday. We’ll double-check everything. The post-mortem will take place today. He didn’t have a phone, a purse, an ID card, or an Aadhar card with him (accused). The identification process has not yet begun.”

Sacrilege is condemned by political leaders.

Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi condemned the attempted sacrilege after learning of the incident. He also ordered an investigation into the incident to determine the true motive and perpetrators of this heinous crime. Similarly, Parkash Singh Badal, a patron of the Akali Dal, claimed that the crime was not committed by a single person, but rather by a deep-seated conspiracy.

Meanwhile, Manjinder Sirsa, a newly elected BJP leader, met with Home Minister Amit Shah and promised a thorough investigation into the incident. Ex-CM Capt Amarinder Singh, meanwhile, condemned the incident and urged the government to investigate what led to the accused’s actions. Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the AAP, called for calm and condemned the act. Unidentified persons have been charged in a FIR filed by Amritsar police under sections 295A (malicious intent to incite religious feelings) and 307 (attempt to murder).

What occurred at the Golden Temple?

On December 18, at 5:45 p.m., an unknown young man attempted sacrilege in the Golden Temple’s sanctum sanctorum. The man is captured on CCTV grabbing the golden sword (kirpan) and attempting to grab the holy book before being apprehended by SGPC officers. He was dragged from the shrine and allegedly thrashed by enraged devotees later. His body was later transported to a hospital, where police are attempting to identify him through a postmortem examination. Punjab will hold elections in February 2022.

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