Sikh activists attacked Paramjit Singh Raipur, an SGPC member and close confidant of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, after another incident of desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib was reported in Jalandhar. Paramjit was beaten and there was an attempt to remove his turban after he arrived at the Adampur police station to enquire into the allegations that the pages of the Sikh holy book was once again torn.
“I had come to the police station to enquire about the incident. When I reached, some persons asked me to go back. Even the police asked me to leave the police station to avoid any untoward incident,” said Paramjit. “When I was about to sit in my vehicle at around 4 pm, a group of 25-30 men attacked me with whatever was in their hands. They hit me all over.”
Police sources said that people screamed, “Eh Badalan da banda hai kado isnu ethon nahin te mar mara javega (He is Badal’s man. Remove him from here or he will be killed).”
A heavy police force was thereafter brought to the area to maintain law and order. Protesters, meanwhile, blocked the Jalandhar-Adampur road which, till the filing of this report, remained closed.
Earlier, people from Ghuriyal village were bringing a Guru Granth Sahib to their gurdwara when the ‘pathi’ (reader) of the gurdwara, Avtar Singh Tari, reportedly asked them to leave it with him. He is learnt to have said that the ‘sachkhand’ (the place where the Guru Granth Sahib is kept in a gurdwara) was locked.
SSP, Jalandhar, Harmohan Singh said when people went inside, they found that it was not locked and had torn pages of another Guru Granth Sahib. Tari was attacked and people said he admitted that his nephew, Ajit Singh, had done it, added the SSP. Tari was later handed over to the police. A case under Section 295-A (outraging religious feelings) of the IPC had been registered.