The Amritsar (rural) police have arrested a ‘granthi’, Jagdish Singh, on the charges of tearing pages of Guru Granth Sahib in a gurdwara at Nijjerpura village, near here, and trying to mislead the police about his crime.
He has been booked under sections 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings) and 153A (promoting enmity and hatred between different groups on grounds of religion) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The granthi had informed the police control room on Sunday night that an unidentified person entered the gurdwara and tore pages of the holy book.
Inspector general (IG), border zone, Lok Nath Angra said, “The accused called up the control room of the Amritsar rural police to report the sacrilege. Cops rushed to the spot, where villagers had gathered in large numbers, and started an investigation.”
The IG added that the police found the granthi’s conduct suspicious. During an interrogation, Jagdish admitted that he and his wife had torn the pages. His motive was to gain cheap publicity by posing as a ‘brave informer’ who had reported the desecration to the police.
Angra said villagers Satnam Singh and Sahib Singh claimed that they had seen the granthi committing the sinful act.
Further investigations are being conducted by a team of police officers under the supervision of DIG, border range, Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh.