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Five ‘Gutkas’ found desecrated in Ludhiana colony, man held

In yet another sacrilege incident in Ludhiana, torn pages of the ‘gutka’ (collection of Gurbani verses from the Sikh holy book) were found scattered in a vacant plot in Mohalla Anandpuri Colony on Noorwala Road on Monday morning.

punjab Updated: Mar 27, 2017 21:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
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Police have arrested Harpreet Singh for the crime. His family members, however, said that this could be the handiwork of children staying in the house who tore the pages and threw them in the nearby plot.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

In yet another incident of sacrilege, torn pages of five ‘Gutkas’ (a collection of verses from Guru Granth Sahib) were found at Anandpuri Mohalla on Noorwala Road on Monday. A man has been arrested and he reportedly has admitted that the pages were torn by his toddler kids.

The pages were found on the roadside in Street Number 4 and were spotted by devotees going to the gurdwara at 7am. They called the police. Five ‘Gutkas’ (including ‘Sukhmani Sahib’ and ‘Nitnem’) were found. Some of the pages were in a packet, rest were lying outside.

After gurdwara granthi Sukhwinder Singh announced about the sacrilege, devotees started enquiring from the families living nearby. Harpreet Singh, 26, who was a tenant at a nearby house till Saturday, admitted that pages were torn by his toddler children out of ignorance, but he didn’t know who threw them on roadside.He was then taken to the gurdwara and then handed over to the police.

Past Incidentss
  • November 7, 2015: Guru Granth Sahib was desecrated in Jagraon.
  • October 26, 2015: Gutka was desecrated at Dehlon.
  • October 18, 2015: Desecration of Guru Granth Sahib at Ghawaddi gurdwara. The accused woman was shot dead by two unidentified assailants in July last year.
  • November 9, 2015: Pages of Gita, Ramayana were found torn in Ludhiana.

Police also scanned the footage of the CCTV cameras installed in the area, but no recording regarding the incident was found.

Commissioner of police Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, said “Harpreet of Anandpuri Colony, a labourer, has been arrested. He claims that the pages were torn by his children. Investigations are on.”

The accused has been arrested under Section 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or reli­gious beliefs). The religious incineration of the holy books will be held at Reetha Sahib Gurdwara on April 12.

First Published: Mar 27, 2017 12:48 IST