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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

2 lynchings reported in Sikh temples in India

Two people were beaten to death over the weekend in the north Indian state of Punjab after they attempted to sabotage inside Sikh temples, including at one of the religion’s holiest sites, officials said.

Similar incidents of sacrilege have been reported in recent weeks in India’s Sikh-majority state of Punjab, where tensions were already brewing amid the backdrop of elections early next year.

The mob’s first attack took place on Saturday when an unidentified man stepped inside the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of Sikhs in Amritsar.

episode videos, which has been widely circulated, depicts a man with a yellow cloth tied over his head, jumping over a golden railing in the enclosure where the Guru Granth Sahib, the holiest book of Sikhism, is kept.

Witnesses said that he picked up a sword laden with diamonds and tried to kill the holy book, which is believed to be unholy. He said the temple caretakers stopped the man, who has not been identified, and were taking him to the manager’s office when the mob stopped him and thrashed him to death.

Another man was lynched at Gurdwara Sahib temple in Kapurthala, another district of Punjab, on Sunday after devotees said they found him disrespecting the Sikh flag.

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Witnesses said the man, who has not been identified, was taken into custody by the police as angry Sikhs demanded that he be interrogated immediately and in their presence. As the tension escalated, he said, the group again overpowered the police and thrashed the man badly. The police took him to the hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.

Gurinder Singh Dhillon, the top police officer of Jalandhar area, where the temple is located, said that when the police caught the man in Kapurthala district, an angry mob overpowered him.

Referring to the Sikh temple, Mr. Dhillon said, “There were no signs of sacrilege in the Gurdwara Sahib.” “We have registered a case and are probing the matter.”

Following acts of sacrilege in the past, Sikhs have complained that the Congress Party-led regional government has failed to adequately address the issue, prosecute those involved or prevent similar incidents.

Regional Home Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said that a Special Investigation Team will probe the episode in Amritsar and a report is expected within two days.

Mr. Randhawa said that he has directed the police to tighten security at all religious places in the state of Punjab.

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