A local court on Monday sent ‘granthi’ Avtar Singh Tari and his uncle Ajit Singh to three-day police custody after they were arrested on Sunday involving alleged sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib at Ghurial village, 7 km from Adampur, in the district.
Senior police officials were busy questioning the accused on Monday. They, however, remained tight-lipped about any development in the case.
The protesting villagers had given the police two-day ultimatum to trace a woman who had reportedly made the last call on Tari’s mobile phone. The police also took the phone in possession. A team of the IT wing of police is trying to trace the woman.
On Sunday, when devotees were on their way to return a “bir” of Guru Granth Sahib at the at Harsar Gurdwara as part of a three-day religious programme, ‘granthi’ Avtar Singh Tari asked them to come after a while since the room was locked.
Later, when members of the village gurdwara committee requested the devotees to place the ‘bir’ in the gurdwara, they found that the lock of the room was broken and pages of the holy book were torn and scattered on a bench.
Suspecting Tari of the misdeed, the villagers traced him and thrashed him before handing him over to the police.
The police brought Tari to the Adampur police station. In the meantime, nearly 300 Sikh protesters, equipped with sharp-edged weapons and sticks, gathered outside the police station and asked the cops to hand over the ‘granthi’ to them.
They refused to lift the blockade till the names of persons involved in the sacrilege incident were made public. Later, they lifted dharna by giving a two-day ultimatum to the police.
A case was registered under sections 295A (hurting religious sentiments), 34 (committing crime with a common intention) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.