Tribune News Service
Amritsar, September 12
A Germany-based NRI was among three persons arrested by the local police for allegedly possessing 5 kg of suspected beef. The incident came to light when a Shiv Sena activist got the wind of this and caught the accused with the suspected beef yesterday midnight at around 1.30 am. They immediately informed the Islamabad police station where a case under Section 295-A (insulting religious belief), IPC, has been registered against them. One of those booked was identified as Pardeep Kumar Sharma, a resident of Berlin, Germany, who had come to the holy city to meet his parents, Rattan and Sukhmanjit Singh, both residents of Indira Colony.
Baldev Bhardwaj, a resident of Ram Nagar Colony and national vice-president of the Shiv Sena, stated to the police they had received a tip-off that the accused were allegedly in possession of beef, thereby hurting religious sentiments. He said as the prime accused Pardeep Sharma was an NRI, he suspected some foreign agencies could be involved in disturbing the peaceful atmosphere in the state and the country. He said last evening, he had a specific input that they had brought beef. They immediately reached their residence in the Sewa Nagar and caught them red-handed with beef.
A case has been registered.