A police investigation has found that when the sacrilege incident took place at the gurdwara at Kot Budha village, 15 km from Patti, on November 20, a few devotees and sewadars were present there.
The gurdwara is managed by Sikh sect Dal Panth Baba Bidhi Chand under Baba Avtar Singh Sursingh Wale.
SSP Manmohan Sharma told HT, “The police investigation has found that around 25 people were present at the gurdwara when someone tore off the pages of the Guru Granth Sahib. The police have identified the people present on the premises and would undertake an investigation.”
The gurdwara priest was also being interrogated as the team suspected sewadars, the SSP added.
Sher Singh, a resident of the village and representative of the sect, said the gurdwara is situated on the Patti-Harike road, and daily a good number of devotees visited the gurdwara for langar. He said, “On the day of sacrilege, some sewadars were on leave and only one or two were in the gurdwara. But for a short while, they also went outside for work. There is a possibility that during that time someone entered the gurdwara in the guise of a devotee and committed the sacrilege.”
He said, “Police would be wasting their time in questioning the sewadars as they were not present at the time. Maybe their opponents misguided the police and currently four sewadars are being questioned by the police.”
Meanwhile, Patti DSP Davinder Singh Sandhu refused to comment on the matter saying the investigation was on.
Meanwhile, on Monday, a ‘Pashchatap Samagam’ was organised there, which was attended by Baba Avtar Singh, deputy commissioner Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, DSP Davinder Singh Sandhu and SDM Amandeep Singh Bhatti.