An unidentified man was beaten to death in Punjab for allegedly attempting to commit sacrilege inside the main sanctum sanctorum of Golden Temple in Amritsar.
The man is reported to be in his 20s. The Punjab Police said that they were trying to ascertain the identity of the victim.
SGPC chief Harjinder Singh Dhami was quoted by Indian Express as saying, “During the recitation of Sodar Rehraas Sahib (evening prayers) today, a man jumped over the safety grill and entered the sanctum sanctorum and picked up the sword kept in front of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, but he was apprehended by the sewadars on duty, and died due to beating by the sangat (devotees).”
The official Twitter handle of Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said, “CM @CharanjitChanni strongly condemned the most unfortunate and heinous act to attempt sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Harimandir Sahib during the path of Sri Rehras Sahib.”
It added, “CM directed state police authorities to thoroughly probe into entire matter to zero in at the underlying motive and real conspirators behind this dastardly act. CM also called up SGPC President and assured his government’s full support and cooperation to get into the bottom of the case.”