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Punjab: Within 24 hrs another man beaten to death over alleged sacrilege attempt

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Kapurthala: Just hours after a youth was beaten to death for an alleged sacrilege attempt at Golden Temple in Punjab’s Amritsar, another man was reported to have been killed by locals in Kapurthala district.

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As per reports, the residents of Nijampur village caught the man from a gurdwara in the wee hours of Sunday alleging that he was seen “already disrespecting” Nishan Sahib (Sikh holy flag) at around 4am. After getting the information about the incident, a police team had reached the spot and taken the man into custody. However, villagers were insisting the police to question the accused in front of them at the gurdwara.

The man was killed by the locals after a brawl with the policemen. The standoff between police and Sikh groups continued, though the suspect was in police custody inside the gurdwara compound. The Sikh groups did not allow the cops to take the man away.

Meanwhile, the gurdwara caretaker, Amarjit Singh, through a live video on Facebook, said that when he came out for Nitnem (daily prayers) at 4am he saw the youth disrespecting Nishan Sahib.

“When I challenged the suspect, he tried to escape in dark but he was caught after some time,” Singh said.

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He further said, “The suspect only told that he was “sent” from Delhi and a sister of his has also been “killed for sacrilege” at another place”.

In another incident of a person being killed for sacrilege, a youth, between 20 to 25 years,  was lynched by enraged devotees 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 on Saturday evening.

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