Expressing deep concern over a recent act of sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib, Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Monday advocated capital punishment for the culprits under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.
While speaking during Zero Hour at the Vidhan Sabha, the minister referred to the case at the gurdwara of Ramdiwali Mussalmana village in Amritsar. He informed the House that those behind the act had been apprehended. He said it was a sensitive issue that the Guru Granth Sahib, revered as the living guru, had been targeted by miscreants to disturb peace and harmony in the state.
Majithia said it was unfortunate that Punjab was traumatised by such repeated incidents in recent times. He suggested to the House that such acts of sacrilege be considered as the rarest of the rare crime and the culprits given capital punishment.