Six pages of Guru Granth Sahib were found torn at a gurdwara in Amritsar district. The incident came to light at Jahangir village near Verka on Saturday evening.
Confirming the incident, Amritsar (rural) senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jasdeep Singh said: “The gurdwara management committee members found the torn pages. The pages were still lying there. It seems someone tried to burn the pages as well, as a matchstick was also recovered from the spot.”
Cops rushed to the village and initiated investigations soon after registering a case against unidentified persons under Section 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on Saturday night. Although the situation remained calm in the village, police kept vigil to prevent any untoward incident.
Punjab cabinet minister Gulzar Singh Ranike also visited the village on Sunday and asked the villagers to stay calm.
SGPC pulls up gurdwara management for laxity
Condemning the incident, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar has sought strict action against the accused. Makkar also blamed the ‘granthi’ and the gurdwara management for their laxity.
“The SGPC has asked gurdwara managements to be vigilant, in the absence of which anti-social elements are committing such acts,” he said.
SGPC members have taken away the desecrated holy book.