The Batala police claimed to have arrested a person on Thursday, who reportedly tried to frame another person in a desecration case to settle personal scores.
In a press conference, Batala SSP Daljinder Singh Dhillon said that on August 24, Sukhwinder Singh of Ludhiana along with representatives of Sikh organisations lodged a complaint with Malleywal police post that Manjeet Singh of Dera Baba Nanak had torn the pages of a ‘gutka’ on and circulated them among people by putting them in ‘taviz’ (Amulet).
Subsequently, the police had taken Manjeet into custody and started the case investigations, during which they found that around one and half year back, Sukhwinder had approached Manjeet for going abroad after which Manjeet had introduced him to a Dhariwal-based travel agent who sent Sukhwinder to Kuwait.
However, Sukhwinder did not find a suitable work there and returned within a year.
After coming back, Sukhwinder started compelling Manjeet for returning his money as he played the mediator between him and the agent.
On Manjeet refusal, accused Sukhwinder had threatened him of dire consequences.
The SSP further said that to settle his anguish, Sukhwinder himself tore the pages of the ‘gutka’, put them in pendants and later put the pictures of these pendants on social networking sites with pictures of Manjeet.
After completing the process of framing Manjeet, Sukhwinder himself approached representatives of Sikh organisations at Ludhiana and they lodged a complaint with the police.
During interrogation, Sukhwinder confessed to the crime and the police also recovered a mobile phone through which the pictures were uploaded on the sites.
The police has now registered a case under Section 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the IPC against Sukhwinder at Dera Baba Nanak police station.