Tension gripped Mandeera village of Moga district on Saturday after news spread that pages of a ‘bir’ (copy of Guru Granth Sahib) were damaged at a local gurdwara.
Acting swiftly, the police managed to defuse the situation by ruling out foul play and clarifying that a mouse had nibbled the holy book.
The village panchayat, however, accused the gurdwara management committee of negligence and sacked granthi Raj Singh.
The ‘bir’ was sent to Goindwal Sahib in Tarn Taran district with full religious honours for its restoration.
The incident came to fore on Friday when the granthi informed the panchayat that an alleged sacrilege of the holy book had taken place after the evening prayers.
The police, however, said it investigated the matter and found out that the ‘bir’ was old and had fallen prey to a mouse. SHO of Charik police station Harry Boparai said the granthi had also reported the matter to the panchayat much after the damage was done.
“The damage to the ‘bir’ was done much before it came to fore,” the police officer said. The police have directed the village panchayat to take immediate steps to control the rodent menace to avoid such incidents in future.
Amid a series of incidents of desecration in the state, a Sikh holy book was found damaged in Mandheran Kalan village in Moga district. Following a police probe, a rodent was ascertained to be responsible for it.
The incident came to light on Friday when Gurdwara granthi (priest) Raj Singh informed the village panchayat in Bagapurana area about the damage to Guru Granth Sahib following which the incident was reported to the police.
Police said, after a thorough probe it was found that damage to the holy book was caused by a mouse.
The ‘bir’ (copy) of Guru Granth Sahib will be deposited at Khadoor Sahib, they said.
Village sarpanch Daljit Singh said, “The granthi has been asked to be more vigilant in future.”