Header Ads Widget

web hosting

Golden Temple sacrilege bid: SIT to submit report in two days, says Dy CM Randhawa

  Punjab Dy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said that an SIT under DCP Law & Order had been constituted and it would present its report within the next two days.

A Sikh guard stands holding a spear at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday | PTI

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Sunday said that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under DCP Law & Order had been constituted and it would present its report within the next two days.

He called the sacrilege incident at Sri Darbar Sahib "most unfortunate" and promised that the police would get to the bottom of the matter.

Randhawa, who also holds the Home portfolio, said during an interaction with mediapersons.

As per the preliminary investigation, the accused had entered the Sri Darbar Sahib complex at 11:30 am and stayed there till the time of the incident, at around 6 pm. It points to the fact that the accused had a target, he said.

The CCTV footage of markets and adjoining areas of Sri Darbar Sahib was being scanned to ascertain where the accused came from and if he was with someone.

Randhawa said the accused had not been identified and his post-mortem is being conducted. The state government will work jointly with the SGPC.

He said Punjab Police, in association with the SGPC, will ensure that the Gurdwaras have its CCTV cameras, which should be fully operational.

Activists of various Sikh outfits gather outside the Golden Temple on Saturday | Prabhjot Singh Gill

The Deputy CM mentioned that the Punjab Vidhan Sabha had passed a resolution in 2018 to amend section 298 to 295-A but so far no action had been taken by the Centre.

He said that section 295-A had a provision to sentence anyone indulged in sacrilege incidents of any religion to 10-years imprisonment.

He said the state government will send a letter to the Centre for approval of section 295-A.

Reiterating that the Punjabis would tackle such attempts with communal harmony, the Deputy Chief Minister said that Punjab’s peace and harmony would be maintained at all costs.

Earlier, he held a meeting with Civil and Police officers at Police Lines with IG Border Range Mohnish Chawla, Police Commissioner Dr. Sukhchain Singh Gill, Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira, SSP (Rural) Rakesh Kaushal, S Rajinder Singh Mehta, S Harjap Singh Suktanwind and S Sukhdev Singh Bhoorakona from SGPC in attendence.


According to the police, the man was seen jumping over a railing inside the Golden Temple during the Rehraas Sahib Paath (evening prayers). He then allegedly picked up the sword kept in front of the Guru Granth Sahib inside the reserved area which is only open to Granthi Sikhs.

"Today, one 24-25-year-old man barged inside [Golden Temple] where the holy book [Guru Granth Sahib] is kept. He tried desecrating it with a sword; was taken out by Sangat people; died in the altercation," said Parminder Singh Bhandal, DCP (law and order), Amritsar (city).

Singh said the body of the dead person has been taken for post mortem.


In another incident, a man was allegedly beaten to death by Sikh devotees for trying to remove a religious flag from a gurdwara in the Kapurthala district.

The incident took place on Sunday morning at Nizampur village in Kapurthala. The man allegedly tried to remove Nishan Sahib, a religious flag of the Sikhs, at a gurdwara in Nizampur. He was allegedly beaten to death by devotees.

Post a Comment