The mob killing of two males accused of desecrating Sikh spiritual sentiments in Punjab’s Amritsar and Kapurthala weren’t “easy incidents” and “not a matter of mere condemnation”, Harjinder Singh Dhami, the top of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, advised IHNS Monday night.
Mr Dhami refused to denounce the brutal killing of the 2 accused – the person who died in Kapurthala had at the very least eight “deep, sharp cuts” on his neck and physique, attainable inflicted by swords, a senior medical officer advised information company PTI – and mentioned he couldn’t “bluntly condemn the incident”.
“It isn’t a easy incident. It’s associated to the Guru Granth Sahib and never simply any social offense. We can’t bluntly condemn the incident (the loss of life of the 2 accused) as a result of it includes the feelings and religion of the Sikh individuals…” he advised IHNS.
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“This wasn’t the primary sacrilege incident,” Mr Dhami mentioned, including, “In all of the incidents of ‘beadbi‘, or sacrilege, until date, not one of the accused have been convicted… It isn’t a easy incident.”
.@OnReality_Check | “In all of the incidents of ‘beadbi’ until date, not one of the accused have been convicted… It isn’t a easy incident,” says Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President Harjinder Singh Dhami, on #Punjab killings. #IHNSExclusive
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The reference was to the 2015 sacrilege and police firing case, which stays a massively controversial matter in Punjab and one the Congress’ Navjot Sidhu has ceaselessly used to hammer each his personal social gathering in addition to the opposition Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP, which had been in energy on the time.
Mr Dhami additionally appeared to assert the mob killings had been in ‘self-defense’; “The rule of protection states that if somebody tries to assault… you’ll be able to counter-attack as effectively,” he mentioned.
He did, nevertheless, additionally say: “The matter needs to be first enquired… then motion needs to be taken.”
Aside from the SGPC, politicians in Punjab – from the ruling Congress to opposition events just like the AAP and BJP – have additionally been reluctant to sentence the deaths, conscious of a probably disastrous backlash from Sikh voters in Meeting elections due in February-March.
; it’s unclear if he was referring to individuals merely accused of such against the law or these discovered responsible after being tried in a courtroom of legislation.
This week two males, who stay unidentified thus far, had been killed by mobs at Amritsar’s Golden Temple and in Kapurthala after.
The primary killing was on the Golden Temple – a person in his early 20s jumped into the enclosure the place the Granth Sahib is stored. He was seen choosing up a golden sword as monks rushed to overpower him.
He was crushed to loss of life.
Lower than 24 hours later, in Kapurthala, a person was brutally assaulted after villagers claimed to have caught him making an attempt to take away the Nishan Sahib (the Sikh flag); he was initially taken into police custody however savage scenes ensued after the mob fought with the cops and attacked the person with sticks.
The police later took him to a hospital the place he was declared useless.
Based on police, the incident gave the impression to be a case of theft, not sacrilege. “There are not any seen indicators of a sacrilege try,” Kapurthala police chief GS Dhillon mentioned at this time.
Just one FIR has been filed thus far – regarding the alleged sacrilege. Police mentioned one other had been filed towards the attackers, however, saying they wanted extra info.
The alleged desecration and deaths come as Punjab preps to vote in an election poised on a knife’s edge, with the ruling Congress battling to retain management within the face of defections, the prospect of an Amarinder Singh-BJP alliance, and fixed barbed assaults from inside – from Navjot Sidhu.