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A Man Was Beaten to Death by Pilgrims at Amritsar’s Golden Temple

A man was allegedly beaten to death by pilgrims after he was accused of a sacrilege attempt at Golden Temple. This incident happened on Saturday around 5:45 in the evening. According to video surveillance, the man entered the Golden Temple around 11 in the morning and slept in front of Akal Takht for several hours (the supreme temporal seats of the Sikhs).

What did the accused do?

While Giani Baljit Singh, the priest at Golden Temple, was reciting evening hymns, the man jumped over a metal rod with the Guru Granth Sahib Prakash behind and a Kirpan in front of him and attempted to pick up the kirpan (ceremonial sword). The SGPC ( Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee) officials said that the sword he was trying to pick up was encrusted with diamonds which was donated by 19th Century ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Later, when SGPC officers took him, pilgrims caught him and beat him to death before the police arrived. Furthermore, the man’s identity is still unknown as the police didn’t find any mobile phone or any purse and even an identity card such as an Aadhar card or Pan card. But he seemed to be around the age of 23.

Your next question might be what had happened to the man after he was killed?

The Police Authorities then sent the man’s body to a civil hospital for a post-mortem examination held on Sunday. After the incident was finished, many Sikh devotees angrily questioned the SGPC’s security as being weak.

In addition to it, police mentioned to the Punjab media that this was the second incident in 4 days.

"On December 15, a person threw a Gutka Sahib (a booklet of selected religious hymns) in Golden Temple Sarovar. Later through CCTV footage, the person was handed over to the police, and the case was registered against him for hurting religious sentiments”.

SGPC officials think the act was a conspiracy as elections dates were coming near. The Chief of the SGPC said that “Earlier sacrilege incidents happened at other places, but now this is being done in Golden Temple itself. I feel as the State elections are coming there may be a deep-rooted conspiracy behind these incidents. Police often shrug off their responsibility by saying that the accused was mentally disturbed”.

Parminder Singh Bhandal, Deputy Commissioner of Police, said

“When thousands of Pilgrims visit the Shrine, one cannot predict such a random act by one individual”. So now, for security reasons, strong police are currently deployed around the SGPC complex at Teja Singh Samundri Hall. Moreover, the act of the man was seen live on television which later, became viral on all platforms of social media. Akali Dal, stalwart and four-time Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said it was a ‘hideous attempt' which was ‘deeply shocking and exceedingly painful'. The former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, offered his condolences, saying that he strongly condemns the horrific incident of attempted sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji at Darbar Sahib. And police must get to the bottom of what led this man to act in such a despicable manner.

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