A man was lynched by the residents of Nizmapur village in Kapurthala in the early hours of Sunday after he allegedly caused disrespect to local Nishan Sahib at the village Gurdwara Sahib, a day after a youth was killed in an attempt at sacrilege at the Darbar Sahib Friday evening.
According to the Kapurthala police, the case looks to be one of theft, and the police are investigating the claims of sacrilege further.
At the Subhanpur police station, a FIR has been filed under Section 295A of the IPC against four to five named people and about a hundred unnamed people.
The kid was accused of attempted sacrilege in the gurdwara, according to the gurdwara’s authorities.
According to witness reports and police, gurdwara members of the local Gurdwara Sahib at Nizampur village saw a man allegedly disrespecting the gurdwara’s Nishan Sahib at 4 a.m. this morning.
The man ran when he was noticed, and the sewadars began looking for him. One of the sewadars discovered him wearing their jacket in an attempt to hide.
He was apprehended by them and carried to a gurdwara room where he was beaten up by a mob, with a live video of the act being recorded and disseminated on the internet.
The police arrived at the scene around 6.30 a.m., sparking intense arguments with local people and religious groups.
While the police attempted to apprehend the individual, the crowd was adamant about “teaching a lesson” to him, according to the police.
Repeated attempts to apprehend the individual failed because the people were adamant about not letting him go, according to police officials.
Three police officers were injured in the ensuing altercation, and several of their turbans were also ripped off.
Irate residents smashed the door to the man’s locked chamber once more and continued to beat him until he died.
After the teenager was apprehended and carried to the room, gurdwara members thrashed him in front of a live camera.
According to police sources, at least 200 people had already gathered at the scene by the time the cops arrived.
A Sikh man is seen thrashing the man in the viral video of the event.
“We arrived at 6.30 a.m. and there were at least 150 to 200 persons already present,” said Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh, SSP Kapurthala. While we tried our hardest to get the man out and at the very least find out why he did what he did, the villagers and locals refused to budge. While he had been beaten up since the morning, he had already incurred 80% of the injuries. Members of the mob busted open the window of the room where he was being held and began hitting him again in our sight. The masses badly mistreated the police officers, and three of our officers were injured.”
“At 4 a.m., the gurdwara functionaries spotted a man caressing the Nishan Sahib,” the SSP continued. Sacrilege has not been proved as a motive in the investigation thus far, and it appears that the incident’s goal was theft. The investigation is continuing. Four to five identifiable individuals and 100 anonymous individuals have been listed in a FIR filed under Sections 305 and 295A of the Indian Penal Code.”
While IG Jalandhar Range Gurinder Singh Dhillon spoke to the media about the incident, he insisted that it was not a case of sacrilege.
Surprisingly, the IG initially stated that two FIRs (numbers 206 and 305) had been filed, but then clarified that just one FIR had been filed.
Furthermore, until the report was filed, the police did not include Section 302 of the IPC in the sections of the FIR.
After a thorough examination, key police personnel maintained portions will be added. Despite numerous requests from the media, the police have refused to release the names of the four people identified in the FIR.
“The individual had absolutely come to perpetrate sacrilege,” stated Surinder Singh, Sarpanch of Nizampur village. He had no intention of stealing anything. He fiddled with the Nishan Sahib before entering the gurdwara store and unfurling it. When he awoke, he was greeted by Gurdwara Granthi Amarjit Singh. Amarjit Singh and local sewadars apprehended him and tied him up in the gurdwara store, where he was thrashed. We tried to find out where he was from, but all he said was that he was from Delhi. He didn’t say anything further after that. We can’t stand it when people play with our religious sensibilities; we’ve had six years of sacrilege go unpunished. We have no idea how much more harm the man could have done if he hadn’t been caught by the granthi.” After some Nizampur villagers were detained by police, religious groups and villagers staged a dharna outside the police station. However, they were later released.