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Ruckus at Golden Temple: Police procure CCTV footage from SGPC

After registering an FIR (first information report) against Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD-Amritsar) leader Jaskaran Singh, United Akali Dal (UAD) leader Satnam Singh Manawa and others for the ruckus on the Golden Temple premises on Diwali, the police have procured CCTV footage from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to identify all accused.

punjab Updated: Nov 18, 2015 18:42 IST
HT Correspondent
Ruckus at Golden Temple
ACP Amandeep Brar said, “We have booked two persons (Jaskaran and Manawa) by name, besides some unidentified persons. We are scanning the CCTV footage of November 11. Once we identify others involved, they will also be named in the FIR.”(HT Photo)

After registering an FIR (first information report) against Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD-Amritsar) leader Jaskaran Singh, United Akali Dal (UAD) leader Satnam Singh Manawa and others for the ruckus on the Golden Temple premises on Diwali, the police have procured CCTV footage from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to identify all accused.

Talking to HT, assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Amandeep Brar said, “We have booked two persons (Jaskaran and Manawa) by name, besides some unidentified persons. We are scanning the CCTV footage of November 11. Once we identify others involved, they will also be named in the FIR.”

The FIR was registered at the E-division police station on Monday on the complaint of Partap Singh, Golden Temple manager.

When asked whether Giani Dhian Singh Mand, who was named interim jathedar of the Akal Takht during the radicals’ Sarbat Khalsa on November 10, had also been booked, the ACP said, “Mand has not been booked till now. He might be named in the FIR later.”

In his complaint, Partap Singh alleged that on November 11 (Diwali), around 250 persons, including Jaskaran and Manawa, had gathered at the Golden Temple complex. They were armed with sharp-edged weapons and sticks and had raised slogans in favour of ‘Khalistan’ and against the Punjab government, he alleged.

The SGPC managers and task force members tried to stop them from going to the Akal Takht but they threatened them and brandished their weapons. Seeing this, many pilgrims fled the shrine, the complainant added.

The police had registered a case under sections 295 (injuring or defiling religious place and working with intent to insult religion of any class), 427 (mischief or causing damage to property amounting to Rs 50 or above), 511 (punishment for committing an offence punishable with life imprisonment), 506 (criminal intimidation), 148 (rioting with deadly weapons), 149 (unlawful assembly for committing a common offence) and 153-A (promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion, race and place and committing acts against harmony) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Manawa and Jaskaran are already behind bars after the police slapped sedition charges on them following the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’. Mand, who gave the ‘sandesh’ (message) to the Sikh community on Diwali, is also facing sedition charges and is in custody.