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Case filed after youth beaten to death for sacrilege at Golden Temple, probe on

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Amritsar: The Amritsar police has registered a case in connection with the attempted sacrilege incident at the Golden Temple that took place on Saturday, when a youth was lynched by enraged devotees after he barged into the reserved area of the shrine where the Guru Granth Sahib is kept. Deputy commissioner police (DCP) Parminder Singh Bhandal confirmed that the youth was beaten to death.

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Singh told journalists that the youth, believed to be between 20 to 25 years wearing a yellow patka, was allegedly beaten to death by an angered sangat and sewadars after he barged into the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine during the recital of ‘Rehraas Sahib Paath’ (evening prayers) and stepped on the ‘Rumala Sahib’ and picked up the sword placed in front of the ‘Saroop’ of Sri Guru Granth Sahb- the reserved area which is only open to Granthi Sikhs.

“He was standing calmly with the sangat while paying obeisance at the sanctum sanctorum but when his turn came, he jumped over the railing and picked up the sword,” the police official said

The youth was immediately overpowered and was brought outside and on the way, he was beaten by the sangat following which he succumbed to his injuries.

The DCP said his body was sent to the mortuary house and an autopsy would be conducted on Sunday. No identification document was recovered from the body, the police said.

The police would also check the CCTV footage to ascertain whether he was alone or was accompanied by others, he said.

The incident took the state by storm as politicians cutting across party lines condemned the sacrilege bid at the holy place. The Punjab chief minister Charanjeet Channi has ordered a probe into the incident to find the “real conspirators” and to uncover the real motive. He called the alleged attempt of sacrilege “the most unfortunate and heinous act.”

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Former Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also condemned the incident.

In a Twitter post in Hindi and Punjabi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “The incident of sacrilege at Golden Temple today is very sad. Everybody is in shock. This could be a big conspiracy. The culprits should get the harshest punishment. God bless Punjab and Punjabis.”

Former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal said the incident was “deeply shocking and exceedingly painful”. He added that the crime was too reprehensible for words and has caused “deep anguish and outrage in the minds of the Sikh masses” all over the world.

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