It led the police over four months to get cracking by announcing a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh for anyone giving a vital clue into the case regarding the theft of a bir of Guru Granth Sahib at a Faridkot village. They also formed a special investigation team to probe the matter.
Though the bir found desecrated at Bargari village near Kotkapura on Monday was allegedly stolen from the Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village gurdwara on June 1, the SSP office announced the reward through a press release issued on Tuesday night.
The Faridkot police had failed to take a serious note of the poster that had come up at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village on the night of September 25, using derogatory language against the scripture and two Sikh preachers.
Police also remained a mere spectator on Monday as Sikh activists led a protest from Bargari village, where the torn-off pages of the bir had surfaced, to Kotkapura.
Surjeet Singh Arian wala, executive president of SAD (Amritsar), Faridkot, who had been arrested, along with others, after they protested following the theft of the bir, said, “The police arrested us on July 19 and we were released only on August 13 when our organisation threatened to protest. We had repeatedly demanded the arrest of the accused in the case, but 21 of us had to spend many days in jail.”
A special investigation team has been formed under Ferozepur deputy inspector general (DIG) AS Chahal, which will comprise Ferozepur SSP Hardial Singh Mann, Faridkot SSP Sukhminder Singh Mann, Moga SSP Charanjit Sharma, Fazilka SP Bikramjit Singh and Kotkapura DSP Baljit Singh. The team has been told to camp at Faridkot to identify the culprits and complete the probe in a time-bound manner.
Additional director general of police, law and order, Rohit Chaudhary, who has been camping at Faridkot, is supervising the investigation. He visited Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and Bargari villages and interacted with villagers.
The information about the case can be shared with Ferozepur DIG AS Chahal at 98767 00251 and Faridkot SSP SS Mann at 98140 45052.