A man in his 20s, reportedly hailing from Uttar Pradesh, was beaten to death after an alleged attempt to desecrate the holy book at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Saturday evening.
The police authorities confirmed that the man tried to desecrate the Guru Granth Sahib with a sword, during a religious service in the temple. Followed by this the man was killed during an altercation.
A Video footage shows a man, who had tied a yellow cloth on his head, jumped over the railing, entered the sanctum sanctorum and took a sword in his hand. In no time, he was held and beaten up by the people inside the railing and was thrown out of the railing, after which a violent altercation began.
After confirming the man’s death, the police said that they were investigating all the CCTV footage to check the man’s associates while he entered the Golden Temple.
The deceased post-mortem will be done today on Sunday. The incident took place at around six in the evening on Saturday during the daily evening prayer.
Following the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi condemned the incident via Twitter. The CMO Punjab tweeted, “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…”
Notably, Sikhs view the holy book – Guru Granth Sahib as their eleventh guru.