Hours after a person was overwhelmed to loss of life within the presence of policemen in Punjab’s Kapurthala, law enforcement officials dominated out a sacrilege hyperlink and even backtracked on their very own assertion after a cellphone name in the midst of a press convention.
Throughout his 45-minute press meet yesterday, Kapurthala police chief GS Dhillon first mentioned an FIR had been filed into the killing. “An FIR has been registered on the assertion of our SHO (Station Home Officer) on how individuals did not permit cops to carry out their obligation, thrashed the accused who later died,” the Kapurthala Inspector Common mentioned.
Then got here a cellphone name for which he left the room. When he returned, Mr Dhillon mentioned one thing totally totally different. “The second FIR on killing has not been registered… we’ll verify the identification of the accused after which register the case,” he mentioned.
On Sunday, a mob jumped over the wall of a Gurdwara in Kapurthala to get to the person, who had been accused of attempting to take away the Nishan Sahib (Sikh flag). In entrance of the cops, the person was overwhelmed to loss of life and his physique was taken away in a police gypsy.
“We appealed to individuals to permit us to take the accused alongside however feelings have been operating excessive,” Mr Dhillon admitted.
Although the police caught him, Sikh teams had insisted that he be questioned in entrance of them. Cellphone movies confirmed the person being overwhelmed with sticks.
In line with the police, the incident seemed to be a case of theft, not sacrilege. “There are not any seen indicators of a sacrilege try,” mentioned Mr Dhillon.
The identification of the person overwhelmed to loss of life in Kapurthala has not been established but. The police even have but to establish the person lynched in Amritsar’s Golden Temple on the day past, following an alleged sacrilege try.
On Saturday, throughout night prayers on the Golden Temple, a person in his early 20s jumped into the enclosure the place the Granth Sahib – which the Sikhs name their eleventh Guru – is stored. He was seen selecting up a golden sword as clergymen rushed to overpower him.
The person was overwhelmed to loss of life. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa mentioned no cell phone, no purse, no identification card or Aadhaar card was discovered from him.
The incidents have prompted rigidity in a state the place sacrilege is a extremely emotive subject. The police have stepped up safety close to gurdwaras. Forward of subsequent yr’s elections, it has additionally adopted political overtones, with a faction throughout the Congress accusing the Amarinder Singh authorities of failing to deal with the final collection of sacrileges.
The Akali Dal has known as it a “deep-rooted conspiracy” to “disturb peace and communal concord within the state”. Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal criticised the state authorities, saying that there have been sturdy indications of a conspiracy.