Man held for desecration, police team attacked

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Amritsar, August 9

The Ramdas police arrested a person for desecrating Guru Granth Sahib at Talwandi Bhangwa village near Ramdas here today. The accused, Ranjit Maseeh, entered Gurdwara Mansha Puran Sahib and tore 21 pages of the holy book yesterday.

Complainant Bhupinder Singh, granthi, said he discovered the incident when he came to recite evening prayers at the gurdwara. He found pages from 721 to 741 missing and informed the management committee of the shrine.

Committee members watched the footage of the CCTV cameras installed at the gurdwara in which Ranjit Masih, a resident of the same village, was captured tearing the pages.

ASI Pargat Singh, investigating officer, said, “We reached the village and searched for Ranjit Masih. He was arrested at around 1:15 am. Meanwhile, residents of the village gathered in large numbers and asked the police to hand the accused over to them.”

When SHO Vipen Kumar tried to pacify them, villagers reportedly attacked the police and took Vipen hostage. “Around 30 persons of Talwandi Bhangwa and nearby villages attacked the police team to get Ranjit Masih intending to kill him. We were trying to protect him. The accused, identified as Kulwinder Singh, Robin, Geeta Pehlwan and 25 unidentified persons, attacked the SHO. We took away the accused to the police station and shifted him to some other place for his safety.”

The police have booked around 30 persons for attempt to murder, kidnapping and other relevant sections. Meanwhile, the Guru Granth Sahib has been to Goindwal Sahib for incineration.

SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar condemned the incident. It has been learnt that he will write a letter to leaders of the Christian community about the incident.

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