‘Deranged’ accused saved from mob after ‘Bir’ desecration near Amritsar

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Mar 13, 2016 21:08 IST
The gurdwara after the desecration incident at Ramdiwali Musalmana village in Amritsar district on Saturday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

A day after police arrested three men accused of burning a ‘Bir’ (copy) of Guru Granth Sahib at Amritsar’s Ramdiwali Musalmana village, they had to save another sacrilege accused (a man reported to be deranged) from a mob and Satkar Committee radicals on Sunday at Thothian village in the district.

Police say accused Jaswinder Singh was bashed up before they moved in. Amritsar senior superintendent of police (rural) Jasdeep Singh said nobody before had reported this sacrilege incident of March 3 and the gurudwara management had done its own investigation based on the footage from a security camera.

“In the video, they spotted the accused tearing pages of the holy book. On Sunday, they called him over to the gurdwara and shut him in a room, where a mob attacked him. Police had to send in a big team to rescue him. The accused is under treatment for a mental ailment,” said the SSP.

SGPC flays incidents

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbadhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar condemned the sacrilege incidents of the two Amritsar villages and asked gurudwara managements to be vigilant. He demanded tough action against the accused.

“If the accused in the Thothian case has a mental ailment, then the police should find out who motivated him to commit the sin,” said Makkar, appealing for peace and calm.

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