2nd murders in Punjab theft, not sacrifice, police say: 10 facts

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Another person is said to have been beaten to death by a mob in Punjab

Chandigarh:
Within 24 hours of the incident at the Amritsar Golden Temple, a second alleged incident was reported in Kapurthala, Punjab. That person has been beaten to death. Police said the man entered the gurudwara to steal.

Here are the first 10 points of this great story:

  1. Residents of Nizampur village in Kapurthala said they caught the man trying to remove Nishan Sahib (Sikh flag) at around 4am. Although the police took him into custody, Sikh groups insisted that he be interrogated before them.

  2. After an argument with police, the man was assaulted. In cell phone videos he was beaten. Police later took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

  3. Hargamalpreet Singh Gok, senior superintendent of police, Kapurthala, said the man, who was beaten to death in Nizampur village, had entered the gurudwara premises for theft and was not on holy duty as the villagers claim.

  4. On Saturday, during the evening prayers at the Golden Temple, a 20-year-old man jumped into the enclosure where the Sikhs called their 11th Guru, the Granth Sahib. As the priests hurried to defeat him he could be seen wielding the golden sword.

  5. The man, who has not yet been identified, was beaten to death. Deputy Chief Minister Sukjinder Singh Randhawa said no cell phone, purse, identity card or Aadhar card were recovered from him.

  6. “It has been confirmed that he entered the Golden Temple premises at 11 am and remained there for a few hours till the incident took place,” Mr Randhawa told reporters. They are examining CCTV footage across the city to gather information about him.

  7. On Wednesday, a man threw a holy book ‘Gutka Sahib’ into a lake in the Golden Temple.

  8. “I have taken serious note of the unfortunate incidents in Amritsar and Kapurthala. Any attempt to disrupt religious harmony in the state will be handled with determination,” the Punjab police chief tweeted.

  9. These incidents have caused tension in a state where sacrifice is a very emotional issue. In the run-up to next year’s elections, it has also adopted a political overview, with some within the Congress accusing the previous Amarinder Singh government of failing to address the last series of sacrifices.

  10. The Akali Dal claims to be “a deeply rooted conspiracy to disrupt peace and religious harmony in the state.” Zubair Singh Badal, head of the Shiromani Akali site, criticized the state government, saying there were strong indications that such a conspiracy was being hatched.

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