Punjab CM vows thorough probe into sacrilege bid at Golden Temple


CM also called upon the people to be vigilant and extend wholehearted support and cooperation to the state government in maintaining law and order….reports Asian Lite News

Expressing anguish over the unfortunate incident to attempt sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Darbar Sahib here, popularly known as the Golden Temple, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channi on Sunday reiterated his government’s firm commitment to thoroughly probe the entire matter to get into the bottom of the case.

Talking to the media here after paying obeisance at Sri Darbar Sahib, Channi, who accompanied by Deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, described it as the most heinous act, which has not only hurt religious sentiments but also tormented all, and should be condemned with the harshest possible words by one and all.

He appealed to the people to take due care and caution to protect the religious places, including gurdwaras, temples and institutions related to any religion or faith in order to foil nefarious designs of any agency or anti-social element in wake of the forthcoming assembly elections in the state.

At the same, the Chief Minister exhorted the people to keep restraint during the prevailing sensitive situation by demonstrating their unflinching trust in the ethos of peace, harmony, brotherhood and religious tolerance.

Replying to a media query regarding recurrence of such incidents in coming days, Channi said the state intelligence agencies and the police force are pro-actively engaged to avert such acts of anti-social elements.

He also called upon the people to be vigilant and extend wholehearted support and cooperation to the state government in maintaining law and order.

Making firm resolve to preserve hard earned peace and harmony across the state, Channi said that no one would be allowed to disturb congenial atmosphere at any cost in the state.

Another man killed

 Less then 24 hours after a man was beaten for death for alleged attempted sacrilege at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, another case of a killing for the same reason was reported in Punjab on Sunday.

A man was beaten to death for allegedly disrespecting ‘Nishan Sahib’ (the Sikh religious flag) at a gurdwara in village Nizampur in Kapurthala district on Sunday.

Residents of the village claimed that the man disrespected the Nishan Sahib and tried to run away from the spot.

Director General of Police Siddharth Chattopadhyaya said in a tweet: “I have taken serious note of the unfortunate incidents in Amritsar and Kapurthala.

“Any attempt to violate the communal harmony in the state will be dealt with a firm hand. Stern action will be taken against all those disturbing the law and order in Punjab #PunjabStandsTogether.”

The Kapurthala incident comes a day after a man was beaten to death at the Sri Darbar Sahib, popularly known as the Golden Temple, in Amritsar for attempting to sacrilege the Guru Granth Sahib.

Terming the sacrilege incident at Sri Darbar Sahib most unfortunate, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said a Special Investigation Team under the DGP, Law and Order, was constituted, and would submit an investigation report within two days.

Randhawa also spoke to Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President Harjinder Singh Dhami over the incident in the Golden Temple.

He said they would get information regarding each and every aspect of the incident.

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