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Monday, May 13, 2019

Tension after ‘bir’ found burnt in Sangrur village

Tension after ‘bir’ found burnt in Sangrur village

Parvesh Sharma
Tribune News Service
Sangrur, May 12

Tension gripped Hathoa village in the district after a “bir” of Guru Granth Sahib was found burnt at a gurdwara in the early hours on Sunday. Senior police officers and leaders of various Sikh organisations reached the gurdwara. The police have registered a case against unidentified persons in this regard.

As per the information shared by residents of the village, priest Joga Singh reached the gurdwara in the wee hours and found the lock of the main door broken. He opened the gate and found that the “bir” was ablaze. He raised the alarm and other villagers reached the spot within a few minutes.

“It was done by some outsiders to create tension in our village. We suspect the involvement of politicians. The CCTV is not working from the past some days. Many want to boycott the elections,” said Sukhwinder Singh, a villager.

Sangrur SSP Sandeep Garg, along with IG (Patiala zone) AS Rai and other senior officers reached the village and camped at the gurdwara the whole day. Both conducted regular personal meetings with villagers and carried out thorough investigations.

Meanwhile, parallel Akal Takht jathedar Dhian Singh Mand, SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal, Leader of Opposition (LOP) Harpal Singh Cheema and some SGPC members also reached the village. But residents asked all of them to stay away as they “did not want to spoil the peaceful atmosphere of their village”.

Mand sought early arrest of the accused. He said they would not allow authorities to take the damaged Guru Granth Sahib out of gurdwara till the arrest of the accused. “There should not be any politics over the sacrilege as it is a heinous crime and accused must be arrested immediately. We will take up the matter with higher authorities,” said LOP Cheema.

SSP Garg said further investigations were going on. IG AS Rai said “We have decided to form a Special Investigations Team (SIT) and I will head it. We will undertake all investigations on a fast pace”.

CM warns of strict action  

Chandigarh: Warning of strict action against those responsible for the incident, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday said the divisive forces that had tried to polarise the state ahead of the Assembly elections were again rearing their heads and would face serious consequences. Directing the police to immediately identify and arrest the culprits, the CM said the deliberate act of mischief was a part of the chain of similar events that had rocked the state in the run-up to the Assembly polls. TNS

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