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Singhu lynching victim faces ‘desecration’ FIR

The police sources said the FIR was registered at Kundli police station on October 17 evening based on a complaint by Balwinder Singh, jathedar, moian di mandi wale, Udna Dal.

A security person keeps vigil at Singhu Border. (PTI)

The Haryana Police have registered an FIR against Lakhbir Singh, who was lynched and strung up to a barricade at Singhu border last week, for alleged desecration of the Sikh holy book.

Singh has been booked under IPC Section 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs).

Police sources said the FIR was registered at Kundli police station on the evening of October 17 based on a complaint by Jathedar Balwinder Singh of Moian Di Mandi, Panth Akali Nirvair Khalsa, Udna Dal. On the same day, two Nihang Sikhs from Balwinder Singh’s group — Bhagwant Singh and Govind Preet — had surrendered to police for their alleged involvement in the murder of Lakhbir.

Confirming the development, Virender Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Law and Order, Sonipat, said, “FIR number 612 was registered against Lakhbir Singh under Section 295-A of IPC. A probe is underway.”

In the FIR, the complainant said that his group had come to the border in solidarity with the farmers’ protest in February and he had gone to his headquarters in Fatehgarh Sahib later.

He claimed that on October 15, at 6.45 am, he received a call from the Singhu border from a granthi, who told him that the holy book had been desecrated and blamed the victim.

Singh further stated in the complaint that two Nihang Sikhs caught Lakhbir Singh as he was running. In the FIR, he reiterated an allegation made by the Nihangs earlier — that the victim had told the mob he was paid Rs 30,000.

When contacted, Balwinder Singh confirmed that he had sought an enquiry into the
incident.

On Wednesday, police had said they were looking to ascertain the veracity of a video clip that purportedly showed the Singhu victim telling a mob that he was given Rs 30,000, and sharing the phone number of a person with them.

The man, whose phone number he had mentioned, had said he had nothing to do with the incident and had never been to Singhu.

Police have so far arrested four Nihang Sikhs — Sarabjit Singh, Narain Singh, Bhagwant Singh, and Govind Preet Singh — in the murder case registered on October 15 at Kundli police station. Police said the accused had confessed to having killed Lakhbir as ‘punishment’ for desecrating the Guru Granth Sahib.

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