March 21, 2023

Amritsar: Youth disrupts religious service in Golden Temple, beaten to death | Amritsar News – Times of India

AMRITSAR: A youth was allegedly beaten to death by an enraged sangat and sewadars at Golden Temple in Amritsar after he barged into the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine during the recital of ‘Rehras Sahib’ on Saturday evening, stepped on the ‘Rumala Sahib’ and picked up the sword placed in front of the ‘Saroop’ of Sri Guru Granth Sahb.
Deputy commissioner police (DCP) Parminder Singh Bhandal confirmed that the youth was beaten to death.
Singh told journalisrts that the youth, believed to be between 20 to 25 years, was wearing a yellow patka.
“He was standing calmly with the sangat while paying obeisance at the sanctum sanctorum but when his turn came, he jumped over the railing and picked up the sword,” he said

The youth was immediately overpowered and was brought outside and on the way, he was beaten by the sangat following which he succumbed to his injuries.
The DCP said his body was sent to the mortuary house and an autopsy would be conducted on Sunday.
The DCP said police didn’t find any identification card or document on the body. The police would also check the CCTV footage to ascertain whether he was alone or was accompanied by others, he said.
Fateh Singh, an eyewitness, said that during the recital of rehras, the youth jumped over the railing with intentions of sacrilege and tried to touch the ‘Saroop’ of Sri Guru Granth Sahib with his feet. But, he was immediately caught and taken to room number 50.
Another eyewitness said that the youth also tried to pick flower petals placed nearby.
Baljinder Singh, another eyewitness, claimed that broke two fingers of the youth while trying to stop him.
“We asked his identity but he said he didn’t know about himself, sangat hit him with iron bangles on his head and killed him,” he alleged.
The Punjab chief minister Charanjeet Channi in a series of tweets said that that the matter will be probed to uncover the real motive. He called the alleged attempt of sacrilege “the most unfortunate and heinous act.”

Former Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also condemned the incident.

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