Suspect held in Ambala sacrilege case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ambala
  • Updated: May 27, 2014 16:14 IST

The police claim to have arrested one person in connection with the May 18 incident of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib at Shalimar Bagh Gurdwara here.

Deputy commissioner of police Surinder Pal Singh said the suspect has been taken into daylong police remand while 10 teams, headed by assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Hitesh Yadav, have been formed to nab another suspect who, he said, would be arrested soon.

The DCP said raids were being conducted at several places in Punjab and Haryana.

Meanwhile, representatives of several Sikh organisations, including Bhai Amrik Singh from Amritsar, Amarjit Singh o f Damdami Taksal , SGPC member Har pal Singh Pali, Sant Singh Kandhari and others, held a meeting at Manji Sahib Gurdwara and gave an ultimatum to the administration that if the culprits were not arrested by May 28 an agitation would be launched the next day.

Earlier, the community had for med an 11-member action committee to put pressure on the administration for bringing the culprits to book.

Sources said in the meeting tempers ran high and a section of youths wanted to block the national highway no. 1.

They added that additional deputy commissioner Aurbind Sharma and senior police officers assured the gathering of strict action and appealed them to maintain calm.

Condemning the incident, in a statement, deputy commissioner Saket Kumar said the administration was serious regarding the matter and nobody will be allowed to hurt religious sentiments of any section of society.

In his complaint with the police on May 18, Gurdwara Parbandhak committee president Manjit Singh had alleged that sewadar Gurpreet Singh had found the locks of the shrine broken and holy book and ‘gutakas’ missing and were later found in the bushes some distance from the gurdwara.

Following the incident, resentment had prevailed among the members of the Sikh community.

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