News: What are the sacrilege incidents that have Punjab on edge?

With simply a year left for Assembly decisions in Punjab, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is feeling the squeeze over how he has taken care of supposed occurrences of befouling of the Guru Granth Sahib just as the police terminating on those fighting something very similar in 2015 when the SAD-BJP join was in power.

After the Punjab and Haryana High Court suppressed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) examinations concerning one of the occurrences, where the police were asserted to have started shooting at dissenters in Kotkapura in October 2015, however his adversaries and allies are gunning for the central priest’s head.

The Indian Express clarifies the cases, the between linkages and their present status of examinations.

What are the instances of blasphemy of the Guru Granth Sahib which are in spotlight?

There are three occurrences under the spotlight. In the primary case, a saroop (duplicate) of holiest of the sacred texts of Sikhs the Guru Granth Sahib was taken from Burj Jawahar Singh Wala town in Faridkot region on June 1, 2015. In its report, the Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) Commission of Inquiry founded by Congress government depicted the burglary as “an occurrence of uncommon nature”. The report said the burglary from the “unattended gurdwara”, was “impossible, unimaginable and sudden”. “One can say unafraid of inconsistency that such episodes might not have happened in any event, during Mughal Rule when there was cost over the heads of Sikhs. This occurrence should have sent alerts for everybody in the most noteworthy echelon of the Government… It was positively not a normal wrongdoing to be managed in a standard way.”

In the subsequent case, two harmful banners focusing on Sikhs a few Sikh evangelists were found glued in a samadh close to a similar Burj Jawahar Singh Wala town on September 25, 2015. “The complaint communicated in these banners was about the non-arrival of film ‘Courier of God’ in which head of Dera Sacha Sauda boss had gone about as saint. The banners contained a danger that Holy Guru Granth Sahib will be tossed in the roads,” the commission noted in its test report. The board noticed that another banner was seen on close by Bargari on September 24 and eliminated by town gurdwara director. This banner moved the police to follow the [stolen] saroop which was professed to be in the town. The board noted, “Clear leads were even not followed. Just thing which the police brag to have done is to get hold of penmanship of number of people in and around the towns and contrast these and the composition on transcribed banners… None of the works so acquired assisted the police with focusing on any offender”.

In the third case, on October 12, torn pages (angs) of Guru Granth Sahib, loved as living Guru by the Sikhs, were discovered dispersed before the Bargari town gurdwara and on close by road promptly toward the beginning of the day.

What is the current status of these three cases as far as examinations?

On May 16 this year, the IG Surinder Singh Parmar-drove SIT captured six dera devotees regarding the heresy cases. They are in legal care now.

On July 4, 2019, the CBI, to which the cases were given over by recent Akali government in October 2015, had recorded a conclusion report. One of the excellent suspects, s dera devotee by name Mohinderpal Bittu, was killed in Nabha prison in June 2019, preceding the CBI conclusion report. Following Punjab and Haryana High Court bearings, the CBI, recently, gave over documents identifying with the blasphemy episodes to the Punjab Police.

What are the Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan police terminating occurrences and what is their present status of examinations ?

After the heresy episode at Bargari, the protestors sat on a dharna at Kotkapura chowk in the evening. The police figured out how to persuade fighting pioneers on October 13, 2015 morning to end the dharna as they (fighting pioneers) sought capture following police confirmation to capture the guilty parties. The instigators anyway assembled again at Kotkapura chowk before early afternoon and griped that they were let off without referencing their capture on record. The stalemate raised on the morning of October 14, 2015, with police utilizing power to scatter the protestors bringing about wounds on the two sides. A case was enrolled at Kotkapura under different areas including endeavor to kill.

A SIT headed by ADGP Vigilance Bureau L K Yadav framed on May 7 is testing the Kotkapura terminating episode (FIRs dated October 14, 2015 and August 7, 2018). The August 7, 2018 FIR was enrolled for a similar episode following accommodation of Ranjit Singh commission report which had prosecuted the police. The SIT was depended with the examination after Punjab and Haryana High Court, on April 9, subdued the Kotkapura case examinations and chargesheet recorded by then IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, who headed the SIT comprised by the Capt Amarinder government to test the case. The Yadav drove SIT has effectively addressed Akali patriarch and afterward CM Parkash Singh Badal and afterward DGP Sumedh Singh Saini among others. On Saturday, the SIT is required to address SAD president and afterward representative CM Sukhbir Singh Badal.

On October 14, 2015, two enemy of heresy protestors were likewise killed at Behbal Kalan in supposed police terminating. A SIT headed by Ludhiana Range Inspector General Naunihal Singh has been depended to test Behbal Kalan police terminating occurrence where two enemy of blasphemy protestors were two FIRs, one dated October 14, 2015 (under different segments of Indian Penal Code including 307 (endeavor to murder), and segments of Arms Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act) and other dated October 21, 2015 for homicide and under segments of Arms Act, were enrolled. The SIT was established on May 15, after the willful retirement of Kunwar Vijay who was examining the situation till then, at that point. The Naunihal-drove SIT, a source said, was “contemplating the documentation exhaustively” to “build up a stage for beginning the examination, if there were sufficient justification for the equivalent”. The source said the SIT was “getting the issues of chargesheets documented in Behbal Kalan case and the court stays and headings on applications made by the denounced.”

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