The Punjab Police have registered a case under Section 295-A (hurting religious sentiments) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and provisions of the Information Technology (IT) Act against a Bathinda resident for uploading a video clip of the assault on Kahan Singh Pannu on YouTube.
"The case of cyber crime has been registered for hurting religious sentiments," a spokesman said here.
In the FIR lodged at an SAS Nagar police station, the accused has been identified as Baljinder Singh Kanakwalia of Kanakwal village in Bathinda district.
It is yet to be ascertained whether he had a mischievous intention behind uploading the clip or he did it only to make the incident public.
The footage showed that three of the four attackers were turbaned Sikhs, two of them baptised with flowing beards, and they kept beating Pannu even after the officer lost his turban in the melee.
It was Punjab Cooperative Bank managing director Kamaljit Singh Sangha who came to his rescue along with jawans of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Sangha was accompanying Pannu and another official from the education department for overseeing the rescue operations.
When contacted, Sangha said it seemed that Pannu was targeted as the assailants kept thrashing him after confirming his identity.
"We were taken aback when all of a sudden some men surrounding Pannu accused him of hurling an abuse," Sangha told HT.
"When Pannu asked them whom had he abused, they became violent. It seemed at one instance that his (Pannu's) life was in danger as they were just not stopping. It was really scary," Sangha said.