The Akal Takht has condemned the recent incident of sacrilege of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib at Kotli Mahia village in Gurdaspur district and demanded immediate arrest of those responsible for it.
In a statement issued here on Friday, Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh claimed that the incident seemed to be a part of a planned conspiracy to disturb peace and harmony of the state.
“It seems to be the handiwork of some mischievous elements, who need to be exposed. I feel this is a planned conspiracy as there has been a rise in such incidents in recent times,” the Jathedar stated, while referring to the Kotli Mahia incident that took place two days back.
A ‘sewadar’ of the village gurdwara found some pages of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib missing. On careful examination it was found that these had been torn off from the scripture, following which the village panchayat reported the matter to police which are investigating it.
The jathedar also came down on police and the administration for failing to trace the culprits responsible for this incident. “If police can solve a murder within 24 hours, then why cannot those behind this incident be traced,” he said.
The jathedar also came down on the management of the village gurdwara, saying, “I have time and again stated that a sewadar or a ‘granthi’ needs to be present in gurdwaras always, but in this case when the incident occurred no one was present.”
He observed that as such incidents hurt religious sentiments there was a need for the government to take these seriously and punish those responsible for these.