Miscreants tear holy book in Gurdaspur village

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur
  • Updated: Jul 16, 2015 11:41 IST

Miscreants “tore off” a copy of the Guru Granth Sahib and Gutkas (small holy books) installed at a gurdwara at Kotli Mohian village under Gurdaspur sadar police station, nearly 8 km from here, on Tuesday, said police here on Wednesday.

Police said they also scattered flour and other articles at the gurdwara.

A case was registered following the complaint of a devotee Amrik Kaur, who had come to pay obeisance at the gurdwara on Tuesday evening, and saw torn pages of the holy granth and other articles strewn, and started crying, said police.

Soon villagers gathered at the gurdwara in large number and reported the matter to the district police.

Gurdaspur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Toor, along with other senior officers and a contingent of police, reached the gurdwara started preliminary investigation.

The SSP also held a meeting with the villagers agitating over the incident, and pacified them while assuring that police would do their best to nab the miscreant soon.

Meanwhile, a team of forensic experts was also pressed into service to collect finger prints and other clues for a lead.

When contacted, the SSP told Hindustan Times that a case was registered under sections 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the unidentified accused at the Gurdaspur Sadar police station.

The SSP also appealed to the people to maintain law and order and communal harmony in the area.

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