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Golden Temple lynching: Accused went inside sanctum sanctorum twice before ‘sacrilege’

🔴 “We have deployed two Sewadars inside sanctum sanctorum where Guru Granth Sahib remains installed. We have also posted two more sevadars at the place where hymn singers perform,” said SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami.

Written by Kamaldeep Singh Brar | Amritsar |
Updated: December 20, 2021 6:25:53 am
Golden Temple, Golden Temple sacrilege attempt, Golden Temple news, SGPC, Indian Express, Golden Temple, Punjab news, Charanjit Singh Channi, Darbar Sahib Golden Temple sacrilege attempt, Golden Temple news, SGPC, Indian ExpressActivists of various Sikh organisations gather outside the Golden Temple after a man was beaten to death at the temple premises for alleged sacrilege. (PTI)

It was his third visit to the sanctum sanctorum of Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) during the day when the unidentified youth allegedly committed sacrilege on Saturday.

Even after 24 hours of the incident, the Amritsar police couldn’t establish the identity of the youth who was beaten to death for the alleged attempt of sacrilege and murder inside Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) on Saturday.

The CCTV footage from inside the Golden Temple has found that the accused, who was booked for sacrilege and attempt to murder, remained active inside the premises of the holy shrine for the whole day on Saturday. Normally, one visit inside the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple takes 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the rush of devotees. Saturdays and Sundays are considered busy days inside the Golden Temple when devotees and tourists come in heavy numbers. Talking to The Indian Express, Golden Temple manager Gurinder Singh said that the accused had come into the Golden Temple in the morning and went inside the sanctum sanctorum thrice.

Around 9 am, the accused entered the community kitchen and started the day with having langar there. Then he came out of the langar hall and had tea. All this took him around one hour. At around 10 am, he entered into the Golden Temple for the first time from the Community Kitchen side. The Golden Temple has five entrances. Around 10:15 am, the accused stood in a queue to the sanctum sanctorum. It was for the first time during the day that he went inside and took a bow as per Sikh customs in front of Guru Granth Sahib and came back. Around 11 am, he went to the bathroom outside the Golden Temple premises towards Akal Takht secretariat. He spent around half an hour there and came back.

Around 11.40, the accused reentered the premises of the Golden Temple. Around 1 pm, the accused was seen sitting near the Gurdwara Thra Sahib near Akal Takht.

At 2:30, the accused again stood in queue and went inside the sanctum sanctorum. For the second time, he took a bow. Around 5 pm, the accused stood in queue for the third time.

At 5:45, the accused reached inside the sanctum sanctorum. He didn’t take a bow this time. He took everyone by surprise and jumped over the barriers and landed just in front of Bir of Guru Granth Sahib. He picked the sword quickly. In the meantime, SGPC staff reacted to the situation and got hold of the accused as he seemed to draw the sword. He was overpowered.

At 5:55 pm, he was taken into room number 50 of the Golden Temple.

Around 6:10 pm, it was seen that four to five SGPC staff members and common devotees were taking the accused in a wheelchair towards the SGPC headquarters. They were running while pushing the wheelchair in which the accused was sitting.

Around 6:15 pm, SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami and Punjab Police personnel had reached the SGPC headquarters. According to sources, SGPC and Punjab Police officials interrogated the accused at the SGPC headquarters.

At 6:20 pm, a dharna had started outside the SGPC headquarters demanding custody of the accused.
Around 6:50 pm, the dead body of the accused was placed outside the SGPC headquarters.

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