Punjab Police on Saturday said brothers Jaswinder Singh and Rupinder Singh, whose release is being sought by Sikh hardliners, were arrested only in what is now known as the October 12 ‘Bargari sacrilege’ after which the protests had erupted across the state.
“The arrest of Jaswinder Singh and Rupinder Singh, residents of Panjgraian Khurd, Moga district, has been made in the case dated October 12, relating to the incident of sacrilege at Bargari village, in which ang (pages) of the Guru Granth Sahib were taken away by them and their associates from the dharna site at Kotkapura, which were recovered later on the basis of their telephonic conversations. The brothers were arrested only in this case,” the police spokesperson said in a press release.
According to the police, three cases have been registered with regard to sacrilege at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala and Bargari villages of Faridkot. FIR No. 63 was registered on June 2 under Sections 295-A and 380 of the IPC at Bajakhana police station with regard to theft of the Guru Granth Sahib and hurting religious feelings of people at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village.
FIR No. 117 was registered on September 25 under Section 295-A of the IPC at Bajakhana police station with regard to pasting of handbills showing disrespect to the Guru Granth Sahib and hurting religious feelings of people at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village.
FIR No. 128 was registered on October 12 under Sections 295 and 120-B of the IPC at Bajakhana police station with regard to the sacrilege and throwing the “pious angs” outside the gurdwara and across the street at Bargari village, which hurt the religious feelings of people.
“The investigation into the cases relating to theft and disrespect shown to the Guru Granth Sahib and pasting of handbills at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village and Bargari is going on separately. They have not been arrested in these two cases,” the spokesperson said.