The police have booked 15 members of the Satkar Committee who allegedly beat up three gurdwara priests (granthis) with baseball bats at Pamman village in Kapurthala district, when they were coming from Shahkot after performing akhand path on March 29.
Later, the accused uploaded the video of the incident on social sites.
Granthi Mahinder Singh, a resident of Fattu Dhinga village, along with Gurwel Singh and Gurnam Singh, lodged a complaint with the police on Thursday, alleging that members of the Satkar Committee beat them up on the pretext of their performing akhand path at a wrong place.
Those booked include Sukhjit Singh, a resident of Lohian; Tarlochan Singh, Gurbhej Singh, Karamjit Singh and 11 unidentified people.
“When we reached near Mungpur village, a group of people surrounded us and dragged granthi Gurnam Singh from the car and beat him up,” Mahinder Singh said in his complaint.He said that following that they took Gurnam Singh with them in their car.
"We started following them and they stopped their car at a petrol pump near Pamman village and asked us to come out of the car," Mahinder alleged.
He said that after that they forcibly detained them and took them to an isolated room. “They thrashed us badly and asked us to apologise for performing the akhand path at the wrong place,” he said.
They also uploaded the video on social websites, including Facebook, YouTube and Whatsapp to tarnish our reputation.
Sultanpur Lodhi deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Davinder Singh said they had arrested one of the accused, Karamjit Singh, while the other accused would be arrested soon.
“During interrogation Karamjit said that despite warning, the granthis performed path at a wrong place, so they had punished them,” the DSP added.
Meanwhile, a case has been registered under Sections 323, 307, 342, 365, 295, 382, 506, 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code at Talwandi Chaudhrian police station.