A Melbourne-based man accused of funding the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib at the Bargari village of Faridkot — that led to widespread outrage and protests in Punjab — has refuted all allegations against him.
Sukhjit Singh Deol said he had sent money to Rupinder Singh, one of the accused arrested by Punjab police for Bargari sacrilege, for his treatment and not for the desecration as claimed by cops, reported SBS Punjabi, a radio channel.
Punjab police had on announced the arrest of Rupinder and his brother Jaswinder. It also released an audio clip of a telephonic conversation between Sukhjit and Rupinder Singh, purportedly discussing monetary payments. In another audio clip, Rupinder is talking to his brother, Jaswinder about the torn pages of the Sikh holy book.
The two audio clips were presented before the media as ‘clinching evidence’ against the brothers.
The state government and the police have been reiterating ‘foreign hand’ behind the act that has led to tension in the state. However, Sukhjit Singh, a Melbourne resident, says he was shocked to know what Punjab police was claiming. Sukhjit claims to have organised a payment of AUD 1,000 to Rupinder Singh through a private money transfer service.
“The money was pooled in by around 10 friends of mine in order to help fund Rupinder’s treatment,” he said. Claiming that he was innocent, Sukhjit said he has all proofs to establish that he was not involved in the act.
He said he is worried about the case filed by Punjab police and is now planning to present proof of his innocence to authorities in Australia. SBS Radio, Melbourne