In a fresh case of sacrilege, the ‘palki sahib’ (palanquin) and ‘rumala sahib’ (embroidered cloth) were allegedly set on fire at Shaheed Bibi Roop Kaur Gurdwara at Talwandi Jattan village, 8 km from Banga, in this district, after unidentified people barged into the gurdwara on Wednesday night.
The matter came to light on Thursday morning when former village sarpanch Surjit Singh noticed smoke billowing out of the gurdwara. The matter was reported to the police and forensic experts were called. A wallet and a diary were seized from the spot.
Surjit said that after the recent sacrilege incidents in the state, it was decided to lock the gurdwara at 7 pm and it was followed on Wednesday. He said that after getting information, he opened the gurdwara gate and found smoke coming out. He sounded the villagers and police.
Banga DSP Sarbjit Singh said a case under Section 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) of the IPC had been registered against unidentified people.
The DSP claimed that it is a small religious place as the Guru Granth Sahib had not been installed there. He said the investigations were on and the accused would be nabbed soon.
Meanwhile, the situation in the village remained calm.