The mob killing of two males accused of desecrating Sikh non secular sentiments in Punjab’s Amritsar and Kapurthala weren’t “easy incidents” and “not a matter of mere condemnation”, Harjinder Singh Dhami, the pinnacle of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, instructed wantpassport Monday night.
Mr Dhami refused to denounce the brutal killing of the 2 accused – the person who died in Kapurthala had a minimum of eight “deep, sharp cuts” on his neck and physique, attainable inflicted by swords, a senior medical officer instructed information company PTI – and mentioned he couldn’t “bluntly condemn the incident”.
“It’s not a easy incident. It’s associated to the Guru Granth Sahib and never simply any social offense. We can’t bluntly condemn the incident (the demise of the 2 accused) as a result of it includes the emotions and religion of the Sikh folks…” he instructed wantpassport.
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“This wasn’t the primary sacrilege incident,” Mr Dhami mentioned, including, “In all of the incidents of ‘beadbi‘, or sacrilege, until date, not one of the accused have been convicted… It’s not a easy incident.”
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The reference was to the 2015 sacrilege and police firing case, which stays a massively controversial subject in Punjab and one the Congress’ Navjot Sidhu has regularly used to hammer each his personal social gathering in addition to the opposition Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP, which had been in energy on the time.
Mr Dhami additionally appeared to assert the mob killings had been in ‘self-defense’; “The rule of protection states that if somebody tries to assault… you may counter-attack as effectively,” he mentioned.
He did, nevertheless, additionally say: “The matter ought to be first enquired… then motion ought to be taken.”
Other than the SGPC, politicians in Punjab – from the ruling Congress to opposition events just like the AAP and BJP – have additionally been reluctant to sentence the deaths, conscious of a probably disastrous backlash from Sikh voters in Meeting elections due in February-March.
Sidhu demanded that these accused of sacrilege be publicly hanged; it’s unclear if he was referring to folks merely accused of such against the law or these discovered responsible after being tried in a court docket of regulation.
This week two males, who stay unidentified to this point, had been killed by mobs at Amritsar’s Golden Temple and in Kapurthala after allegedly desecrating Sikh non secular sentiments.
The primary killing was on the Golden Temple – a person in his early 20s jumped into the enclosure the place the Granth Sahib is saved. He was seen choosing up a golden sword as monks rushed to overpower him.
He was crushed to demise.
Lower than 24 hours later, in Kapurthala, a person was brutally assaulted after villagers claimed to have caught him attempting to take away the Nishan Sahib (the Sikh flag); he was initially taken into police custody however savage scenes ensued after the mob fought with the cops and attacked the person with sticks.
The police later took him to a hospital the place he was declared lifeless.
In keeping with police, the incident gave the impression to be a case of theft, not sacrilege. “There aren’t any seen indicators of a sacrilege try,” Kapurthala police chief GS Dhillon mentioned immediately.
Just one FIR has been filed to this point – referring to the alleged sacrilege. Police mentioned one other had been filed towards the attackers, however shortly reversed their assertion, saying they wanted extra data.
The alleged desecration and deaths come as Punjab preps to vote in an election poised on a knife’s edge, with the ruling Congress battling to retain management within the face of defections, the prospect of an Amarinder Singh-BJP alliance, and fixed barbed assaults from inside – from Navjot Sidhu.